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IFPI & WIN Launch Centralised Industry Data Exchange Service

The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) – which represents the global independent music industry and of which the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is a founding member – and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the major labels globally, have announced that they're working together on a cross-industry collaboration to create Repertoire Data Exchange (RDx). RDx is a centralised industry data exchange service that will enable record companies and music licensing companies (MLCs), which collectively manage recording rights, to submit and access authoritative recording data via a single point.

Record companies have historically used a variety of data delivery processes to supply content to individual MLCs around the world, presenting challenges in the supply of recording data. RDx is designed to offer recording right holders of all sizes, from all countries, a single registration point to supply their repertoire data in a standardised format (DDEX MLC) that can be quickly and easily accessed by all MLCs, leading to improvements in data quality. They believe this will improve the timeliness, accuracy, and efficiency of MLCs’ revenue distributions to right holders worldwide.

IFPI and WIN have announced that they selected PPL, the U.K. music industry’s collective management organisation, to deliver and operate RDx.

“Record companies continue to invest in and enhance the accuracy and management of music data in many different areas of the industry," says Frances Moore, chief executive of the IFPI. “RDx is a key example of an initiative that will benefit all parties involved. It will improve operational efficiencies and lower costs for right holders whilst allowing MLCs to retrieve authoritative repertoire data from a single point – enabling more accurate and timely distribution of revenues.

“We are very grateful to all our MLC and record company partners who are working closely with us on this project. We look forward to bringing on board more MLCs and right holders as we roll out the service.”

Charlie Phillips, COO of WIN, adds: “Performance rights make up an increasingly important part of independent labels’ revenues. With music being globally accessible, our association members’ repertoire travels the globe and sees revenues generated internationally. Historically, supplying complex data into the international network of MLCs has not been straightforward for independent producers and right holders. The international independent sector has, through WIN, supported the development of RDx over several years since its inception. We are delighted that the industry has worked together to create a service for the benefit of all labels and producers. We look forward to working on a joint basis with IFPI as RDx gathers momentum.

Peter Leathem, chief executive of PPL, added: “In recent years, we at PPL have invested significantly in our technology and data capabilities; as such, our leading role in the development of RDx is complementary to our existing operations. We are well placed to support IFPI and WIN to address the challenges of big data, drawing on our in-house experience in using DDEX, our relationships with music licensing companies around the world, and our expertise gained from managing huge volumes of recording data every week. This is a significant step forward in global data management and we are proud to be powering such an innovative solution on behalf of IFPI and WIN.”

RDx is the result of a collaboration between a broad group of industry stakeholders led jointly by IFPI and WIN. The launch phase of RDx will receive technical support from a group of record companies (Beggars Group, PIAS, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Consolidated Independent/state51) and MLCs (PPL, Re:Sound, SENA and Gramex Finland). The roll-out of RDx to all right holders and MLCs is expected to start in 2020.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.