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ISWC for Creators and Publishers


Creators and Publishers can ask for ISWC allocation for their works. Local or Regional Agencies are mandated for allocating ISWC Numbers, in accordance with the Business Rules.

Works Numbering

A work should be numbered only by an agency with the authority to do so. Where the local numbering agency is a copyright society it may allocate numbers only to works written by the society’s creator members. Where the numbering agency is a regional agency it may allocate numbers only to works written by the creator members of the copyright societies it represents.

How to Number your works

I am affiliated to a Collective Management Society
Contact your Collective Management Society. It will be able either to assign ISWC to your work or to direct you to the relevant agency.

I am not affiliated to a Collective Management Society
Go to the list of ISWC Local and Regional Agencies and contact the official Agency of your territory. If you are not able to find one, please contact directly the International ISWC Agency on the contact page.

Please note that the ISWC International Agency is not entitled to allocate ISWC Number.

Type of Musical Work to be numbered
  • Protected work
  • Non-protected work
  • Dramatico-musical work
  • Musical arrangement of a work
  • Adaptation of the lyrics of a work
  • Translation of the lyrics of a work
  • Instrumental version of a work with associated lyrics
  • Cadenza
  • Recognised excerpt of a work
  • Medley
  • Potpourri
  • Revision of a work
  • Individual musical work (cue) contained in the soundtrack of an audiovisual work





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