Party Identification and Description

The text of the Party Identification and Enrichment (PIE) standard with detailed explanations and advise about how to go about an implementation is available on the knowledge base.

The PIE standard message enables the communication non-core rich metadata about parties. Parties refers to any individual, such as a composer, a recording artist, a studio engineer or a music publisher, that has contributed in some way to the creation of a musical work, or sound recording or music video. The message is usually sent by a record company, distributor or other metadata source to a digital music service provider (DSR). This is metadata which would not normally form a part of the data communicated along the supply chain. Such “core” supply chain information is communicated using the ERN standard. It is anticipated that the PIE standard will frequently be used in parallel with the MEAD standard.

The PIE standard supports the communication about parties that have contributed to releases, resources such as sound recordings or music videos or musical works. Examples of the type of data about a party that can be communicated using the PIE standard message are:

  • Awards won;
  • Data about a composer’s or artist’s nicknames or pseudonyms;
  • Photographs;
  • Biographies;
  • Historic charting information; and
  • Names of other parties that have influenced a writer or artist.

DDEX expects the PIE standard to develop and expand significantly over the years as greater understanding increases of what sort of information supports the marketing of music by DSPs.

A slide presentation overview about the PIE standard is available here.

You do not have to be a member of DDEX to implement the standards. Anyone can implement any of them once they have taken out a DDEX Implementation Licence. Information about the Licence is available here and the application form is available here.

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