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December 2, 2022
DDEX Publishes ERN 4.3 Update and Catalogue Transfer Standard 1.0

September 23, 2022
DDEX Whitepaper: Music in Podcasts

“DDEX is a standard-setting organisation focusing on the data exchange requirements of the music industry. As such DDEX has started to consider the data and communication requirements to support the processes of obtaining licences for music used in podcasts and the subsequent reporting of the use of such music. While DDEX has a number of companies amongst its membership that are part of the podcast value chain, it recognises that the podcasts industry is much bigger than just music. Therefore, DDEX needs to take into consideration the requirements of the entire podcast value chain in order to validate any data and communication requirements when defining how to support the processes associated with the use of music in podcasts. This white paper documents possible data and communication processes for the various business transactions associated with the use of music in podcasts. The content of this white paper has been discussed both within DDEX as well as with companies that are operating in the podcast value chain. As a consequence of this process, DDEX is confident that this white paper accurately describes the data and communication requirements of the podcast community1 as well as those from the music industry.”

Read the whitepaper in full: here

June 13, 2022
DDEX’s THE BIG Summit 2022 Conference and Plenary Meeting to Focus on Rolling Out MEAD Data Implementation. Early Test of MEAD at Amazon Music and Universal Music Group Leads to an Increase in Active and Passive Streaming Behavior

February 7, 2022
DDEX & ISNI Announce Signing of Liaison Agreement

August 11, 2021
Universal Music Group’s Kim Beauchamp Named Chair of the Board of DDEX

March 10, 2021
Facebook Joins DDEX As Charter Member

August 6, 2020
Downtown Music Holdings Joins DDEX As Charter Member of DDEX

March 10, 2020
DDEX Releases New Claims Detail Message Standard, Final Piece of Digital Music Supply Chain between Distributors and Rightsholders

Dec 5, 2019
DDEX Finalizes New Claims Standard, Adds New Working Groups at November Meeting

Oct 3, 2019
DDEX Expands Creative Capabilities for Music Metadata with New MEAD Standard

April 10, 2019
DDEX to Present Latest Developments in Music Metadata at Nashville Seminar on May 24

March 25, 2019
DDEX Teams with EIDR to Streamline Metadata Standards


Global standards are critical, but it’s their implementation and usage that makes them valuable. DDEX conducts regular webinars and implementation workshops to help companies integrate the relevant standards to their businesses, and the current schedule can be found here.

Below are recordings from past webinars, and there are additional videos on DDEX available on our YouTube channel here. There is more written material and samples for the various standards on the DDEX Knowledge Base which will also assist you in your implementations. If you need additional help, contact us at

DDEX standards are free to anyone to use – just complete the Implementation Licence.

Preparing your data for a DDEX implementation

Over the years, many implementers have indicated to DDEX that when considering the implementation of one of DDEX’s standard, quite a significant amount of work was required in organising or re-organising the relevant data. During this webinar examples of the types of data organisation issues faced by DDEX implementers will be explained with information about how those issues were overcome to enable a successful implementation of one of the DDEX standards.

Communicating immersive audio using the Electronic Release Notification Message Suite (ERN), version 4.3

At the beginning of quarter three DDEX will be publishing ERN 4.3. This webinar will give details about the differences between ERN 4.3 and previous versions and some explanation of the reasons behind the changes. In particular, ERN 4.3 will for the first time enable the communication of data about immersive audio releases, an explanation of which will form a key part of this webinar.

Communicating data about classical music in DDEX standards

The hierarchical nature of classical music, often several movements making one work or several works with several movements being grouped together such as Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, has some unique metadata requirements. Recently DDEX has been carrying out work in this area to make communication of data about classical works especially music formed comprising multiple movements more precise. The webinar will explain the particular metadata challenges relating to classical music and how these are managed in the DDEX standards.

Webinar: Venue Identification

Like all entities relevant to the music value chain, it is much easier and more efficient if they are given a unique identifier for when the information is to be communicated using computers, and venues are no different. DDEX has been working with EIDR to develop a venue identifier which will uniquely identify music venues such as studios or concert venues as well as venues relevant to the film and TV industry. This webinar will explain progress on this activity and explain how such an identifier might get used by the music, TV and film industries.

Webinar: Panel Discussion on RDR standards implementation update

Following the detailed implementation webinars in June which provided a detailed explanation of the RDR standards, this webinar is a panel discussion amongst representatives of DDEX member companies that have already implemented the RDR Notification standard. It provided an opportunity for attendees at the webinar to ask questions about implementing the RDR Notification standard of the experts on the panel.

Webinar: Music Metadata and the many ways it is used (an introduction to cleanly identifying and describing music)

There are many attributes that are associated with a music creation in order that it can be properly described. Having a good understanding of these attributes, as well as the elements of a music creation to which they apply, is essential to operating in the music value chain. Each of these attributes and entities will have a particular function whether it is, for example, for search and discovery, credits, rights administration or royalty payment. This webinar will explore these various attributes and how they are built up to create a large set of data for a single music creation which is then shared and communicated throughout the music value chain.

Webinar: How DDEX uses Allowed Value Sets (including information on role codes and use types)

Allowed values sets (AVSs) or code lists form an integral part of all the DDEX standards. There are nearly 250 sets of values within the DDEX data dictionary with in excess of 10,000 actual values. This webinar will explain how and why DDEX uses AVSs so extensively and the way in which these are created, developed and managed. In particular, there will be explanations of two AVSs which are critical to the communication of information along the music value chain using the DDEX standards, namely role codes attributed to all contributors to a music creation and the description of how that music can be exploited by music services, in the form of use types.

Webinar: Learn about Party Identification and Enrichment (PIE)

The Party Identification and Enrichment is a new standard, that will have been published by June, and accompanies and complements Media Enrichment and Description (MEAD) and ERN. This webinar will introduce PIE which enables the communication of extremely rich information about writers, recording artists, sound engineers and all other contributors involved in the entire music creation process. It will also explain how PIE can be used alongside MEAD and ERN.

Webinar: Learn about recent developments in Recording Information Notification (RIN)

Recording Information Notification is the standard that enables the communication of data collected in the studio environment to be collected and flow into the metadata value chain. The standard has been in existence for a few years now with a number of implementations taking place. As a result of those implementation experiences, some lessons have been learned which, by May, will have led to some changes to the RIN standard. This webinar will explain the changes and the rationale behind them.

Webinar: Understanding the DDEX Data Dictionary

What is a “NonInteractiveStream”? Having a common understanding of such terms is essential for all involved in the operational infrastructure in the music value chain. All DDEX standards make use of common terms and these are all collated in the DDEX Data Dictionary. The data dictionary also provides the structure of all data elements and composites contained in the various DDEX standards.

This webinar will explain how best to utilise the power of this tool. The webinar will also explain why there are multiple editions of the DDEX Data Dictionary and whether or not the dictionary is meant to cover all DDEX standards.

Webinar: Learn about developments in the Recording Data and Rights Standards

The RDR family of standards enables the communication of information between music licensing companies and record companies and between music licensing companies in different territories. The three standards in this family are the RDR-Notification, RDR-Revenue Reporting and RDR-Choreography standards. By March, each of these will have been updated to make the communication process amongst these companies even more efficient and this webinar will explain the changes that have taken place.

Webinar: Learn about Electronic Release Notification Message Suite (ERN) life cycle changes and release profiles

The ERN Standard enables record companies or distributors to provide information about new releases, usually to DSPs. The standard also enables record companies and distributors to send updates and take-down notices. Advice on how to communicate this type of information has changed over the years and this webinar will give you the most up to date guidance about the best way to communicate this type of information.

Webinar: Learn about three new DDEX standards

At the end of 2020 DDEX published three new standards. The Bulk Communication of Work and Recording Metadata (BWARM) enables the communication as a bulk feed of information about Musical Works, Recordings that make use of such Works as well as the Musical Work Right Shares. DSR Basic Audio Profile for The Mechanical Licensing Collective enables the communication by Licensees (typically Digital Service Providers) of sales and usage information to The Mechanical Licensing Collective. The Best Practices for Catalogue Transfers enables the smooth transfer of catalogues of sound recordings, music videos and/or Releases for the relinquishing company, the acquiring company and all DSPs without disrupting the consumer experience. This webinar will provide an introduction to all three.

Virtual Creator Credit Summit 2020

From November 17 to 19 DDEX hosted the Virtual Creator Credit Summit. The Summit was a mix of keynotes, panels and presentations from platforms that integrate the DDEX Recording Information Notification Standard and are designed to simplify the process of collecting creator credits at the point of creation.

Recordings of some of the keynotes, panels and presentations are now available here.

Music Confidential Issue 40 – Update on DDEX Standards (15 November 2020)

Shared with kind permission of Executive Editor Susan Butler

How deals are communicated using DDEX ERN messages

Within the Electronic Release Notification Standard, a large section of messages delivered in this format set out information about the “deals” associated with the releases and resources also described in the message. The data about the deals therefore needs to be expressed correctly to ensure that recipients of the data (usually DSPs) know what they can and cannot do with the release and resources. This webinar explores a range of scenarios relating to deals and show how these should be expressed in the deal section of the ERN standard.


How writers, artists, engineers and other contributors are communicated in DDEX messages

All of DDEX’s standards refer in some way to artists, writers and a whole range of other contributors associated with musical works and sound recordings. How this range of parties are organised within the DDEX messages is vital in ensuring that the right names appear in the right places when presented to consumers, and ultimately, to ensure that the right people get paid and credited.


Webinar: The use of Identifiers in DDEX

All of DDEX’s standards rely heavily on the use of identification using unique numbers – whether those are international systems or proprietary numbers – for a whole range of entities. Identifiers are also used internally within messages to link data elements together. This webinar will explain how these are used in DDEX messages.


Webinar: CDM Standard Technical Deep Dive

The CDM standard was published at the beginning of this year and enables rights owners of musical works, to make claims in respect of the musical works used on digital music services as reported to the rights owners by the services using the DDEX DSR standard. This webinar provides a technical deep dive into the CDM standard and shows how the various formats within the standard should be constructed and communicated.


Webinar: DSR and CDM Standards, business benefits and the link between the DSR & CDM standards

The DSR standard communicates information about sales, usage or revenue generated on a digital music retailer service, to the relevant rights owners and the CDM standard enables rights owners to make claims in respect of the musical works used on the services. This webinar explains the business benefits of implementing the DSR and CDM Standards, provides a fairly high-level explanation of the DSR standards and, explains the important link between those and the CDM standards.


Webinar: Learn about the Digital Sales Report Standard

DSR enables organisations using music on their digital music services (the licensees) to create sales/usage reports about the distribution of music, music videos or other content to consumers, to send to the rights owners (the licensors) of the musical works, sound recordings and music videos used.


Webinar: Learn about the Musical Work Notification (MWN), Musical Work Licensing (MWL) and Letter of Direction (LoD) Standards

These standards are typically used by DSPs and record companies to request information on right share ownership claims and to license musical works from music rights societies, musical work rights administrators and/or music publishers, and for such organisations to provide information, licences and/or licence rejections and notifications of changes of ownership.


Webinar: Learn about the Recording Data and Rights Standards (RDR)

The RDR standards enable music licensing companies (such as SoundExchange in the US, PPL in the UK, SCPP in France and GVL in Germany) to communicate with music licensing companies in other countries, and for communication between record companies, performers or their representatives. The standards help support the communication of repertoire and revenue information amongst that community.


Webinar: Learn about the Recording Information Notification Standard (RIN)

The RIN standard is a file format that is a uniform mechanism for capturing, storing and communicating “recording information”. Recording information is any information relating to participants including roles (for example, performers, composers, engineers), creations (for example, musical works), instrumentation (for example, keyboards, violin, bass drum) and equipment information (for example, type of microphones, type of mixing desk).


Webinar: Learn about the Media Enrichment and Description Standard (MEAD)

The ERN standard communicates “core” information about a music release. The new MEAD standard allows for additional categories of information to be associated with a release to help marketing and consumer discovery, such as focus tracks, lyrics, artist nicknames, historic chart positions, and much more. Anyone that supplies such additional information, or wants to optimise music for discovery will get an explanation of the options MEAD can deliver.


Webinar: Learn about the Electronic Release Notification Standard (ERN)

The ERN standard is used to enable content owners/administrators to inform DSPs about new releases that are available for distribution, and the terms and conditions under which those releases can be made available. It includes complete metadata about the release and all resources contained within the release. In addition, it includes information about the “deals” that describe when, where and how the release can be made available.



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