FKACO has been submitting digital and physical music metadata to manufacturers and digital retailers since its conception in 2012.
Data and information are differentials based on data input by the artist, label or publisher. Information is what you see when you see albums in digital stores like Spotify or Apple Music.
Metadata has been commonplace in music since split sheets were introduced to the music publishing world. One can also consider sheet music as the first music metadata. The first printed sheet music made with a printing press was in 1473. Credits, percentages, artist names etc. This is all music metadata transmitted to DSPs and manufacturers. So, there's no need to get excited or overwhelmed.
Working in the music business in the digital age means lots of data input.
For the past 12 years, this has been the norm at FKACO. So much so that we launched an initiative in 2014 to turn our promotions department Audocs (Audio Documents) into a music metadata aggregator. It took almost 10 years but we finally achieved our goal. Audio Documents allows you to upload tracks, input metadata and store master audio files.
Now music metadata has brought us to NFT minting for authenticating releases, physical merch and more.
When putting in your metadata, be very accurate. Because music metadata is so fundamental and structured in the post-modern music business. We cannot overlook its importance.
Audio Documents compiles Artist Name, Producer, Writer, Song Title, Release Date, Genre or Track Duration, and other data to compile (metadata) copy for each song. The metadata is published in a sheet (copy) we use for various tasks. Including digital, NFT and manufacturing vinyl, CD and DVDs. So keep a copy of the link (and track name) generated by Audio Documents.
1.) Keep a copy of the metadata copy generated in Audio Documents per song and build on it.
2.) 90% of our vendors are music publishers. If you're a music publisher you know the importance of building your metadata per song and submitting it to your rights society as soon as possible.
3.) Digital distributors will need some of the information Audio Documents generates from your data input.
From producers, rappers to songwriters and composers. Digital-music metadata is now part of the process of managing your music business.