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Metadata at FKACO

FKACO has been submitting music metadata to distributors and digital stores since 2012. We've managed to do this for both digital and physical music.

Data and information are different. They're 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.

Music relies on metadata, starting with split sheets in publishing. One can also consider sheet music as the first music metadata. The first printed sheet music made with a printing press was in 1473. It includes credits, percentages, and artist names. This is all music metadata sent to DSPs and manufacturers. So, there's no need to get excited or overwhelmed.

Working in music today means inputting lots of data.

For the past 12 years, this has been the norm at FKACO. We launched an initiative in 2014. The goal was to transform our promotions department. It was to change it into an aggregator of music metadata for Audocs - Audio Documents. It took almost 10 years, but we finally achieved our goal. Audio Documents allows you to upload tracks and add metadata. It also lets you store master audio files. 

Now music metadata has brought us to NFT minting. It's for authenticating releases, physical merchandise, and more.

When putting in your metadata, be very accurate. Because music metadata is so fundamental and structured in the postmodern music business. We can't overlook its importance.

Audio Documents lists Artist Name, Producer, Writer, and Song Title. It also lists the Release Date, Genre or Track Duration, and other data for each song. We publish the metadata in a sheet (copy) that 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.) For your records - Digital distributors will need some of the information Audio Documents generates from your data input.

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