Bearing Point France and Berklee Fair Music studies struggling to define music metadata standards

In July this year we have witnessed the publication of two important music industry studies on fair remuneration for the music industry stakeholders. The first is European, drafted by Bearing Point, commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture, and the second is American by the Berklee School of Music and partly commissioned by the Kobalt Music Group.

Both studies are giving a shot at defining what should be standard metadata fields for the industry. But as it’s always been, they come up with different sets and semantics to define the descriptive information everyone should adopt and provide. As always, there is an obvious lack of communication within our industry.

At TGiT I have been closely involved with several industry partners over the course of time to contribute in solving this issue. We have been involved with creators and with rightsholders at PRO level and recording industry level. We like to consider our project as being co-constructed and open-innovation. We have received public funding from the Canada Media Fund and Musicaction.

Following are the links to the above mentioned studies as well as their proposed information mapping. Finally, we offer you our own mapping and invite you to try the free TGiT B2B Music Tagger.

Bearing Point Study — Feasibility study on the creation of an open cultural data registry, (in french) (France Culture and Communications Ministry), July 2015, page 12. Short link

Name of work (Title)
Names of creators
Names of contributors

Berklee Fair Music Project, Fair Music : Transparency and Payment flows in the music industry, July 2015, page 25.

Title of song played (Title)
Musical composition copyright owner
Sound recording copyright owner
Duration of stream
Type of stream (on-demand, radio)
Year of release
Any special unique work identifiers promulgated by a Fair Trade NGO

Unlike other music taggers, TGiT is an open software project created with professionals with their specific needs in mind. This free software allows songwriters, composers, music publishers, performers and labels to tag and export standard data fields. It currently allows to create single songs or albums projects in MP3-ID3 tags and FLAC Vorbis Comments tags. Its easy and it will evolve. You can save and re-open projects and their associated audio files using the simple text .tgit format extension.

Our mapping includes all the fields identified by the studies mentioned in the current article, and is the following.

Track Title (Title)
Version Information
Compilation (Y/N)
Release Name (Album)
Lead Performer
Lead Performer ISNI and Country of origin
Contributors (Guest Performers, Lyricist, Composer, Publisher, Label Name, Producer, Mixer, Recording Studios, Featured Guests)
Contributors ISNI (coming soon)
Recording Time
Release Time
Original Release Time
Catalog Number
Primary Style
Attached Pictures (cover art, booklet, etc.)
Track Number and Total Tracks (e.g. 2/9)
User tags
User comments

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