Los Angeles, CA (December 11, 2009)--The Production Music Association (PMA), a non-profit, volunteer organization currently comprising over 360 member companies, including major label publishers and national independents, has announced the release of a standardized metadata format for use by production music libraries worldwide.
In conjunction with U.S. performing rights organizations (PROs) and industry leaders in the U.S. and Europe, the PMA has compiled, for the first time ever, a recommended standard set of guidelines designed to benefit production music libraries of all sizes.
"Adopting this metadata standard will allow production music libraries to have registration information stored in a format that is flexible, and can be easily integrated with existing systems such as CWR [Common Works Registration], PRO [Performing Rights Organization] registrations, MusicSource, Soundminer, and others," said Randy Wachtler, president of the PMA. "The format outlines the use of registration and other non-creative metadata, allowing libraries the freedom to continue describing their music with the genres, styles, instrumentation, etc., that they already have in place."
The PMA is pioneering this initiative in an effort to establish a standard method for storing valuable metadata in a format that is more universally compliant with all systems. With this effort, the PMA intends to help publishers and composers get paid more accurately and in a more timely manner.
This standard format outlines the proper procedure for storing registration and non-creative information, and will help libraries store metadata in a format that will allow for greatest flexibility and exportability. While the exact layout and format requirements may vary slightly between each PRO, the PMA Metadata Standard includes all registration information that is needed by the societies for CWR.
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