Glossary of music industry words, terms and what they mean
Don’t get lost in the music industry chat. All the lingo you’ll need to get clued up on all things distribution, streaming, revenue, etc.
- C/P Line – The C Line and P Line are indicators of who owns the music, be it you, your label or (if a cover) the original artist.
- Content ID – YouTube & Facebook both use a system that will identify where your music is being used and how you can control what happens to it.
- Copyright – Copyright is what protects you and your work from being stolen. Your work is protected by copyright the moment you create something.
- Distributor – That’s us! Your distributor will take your music, make sure it fits the stores guidelines and send it on its way.
- FLAC – A FLAC file is a uncompressed digital copy of your music at a much reduced size.
- ISRC – The ISRC is a unique code for your individual tracks. If you don’t already have one, we can create one for you, for free.
- Mechanical License – This is what allows you to use another’s work in a cover.
- Metadata – Metadata is everything about your release that isn’t the music. Artist name, release title, track title, genre, etc.
- Pre-Save – Pre-saving allows fans to save a release to their library before it goes public. Come release day, the music will automatically appear in their likes songs.
- Release – Release is an all encompassing terms for singles, EPs, albums or extended albums.
- Revenue – The revenue of a release is the money earned from it through purchases and streams, after stores and distributors have taken their cut.
- UPC – The UPC is a unique barcode for your release. If you don’t already have one, we can create one for you, for free. Also see EAN.