The ISWC (International Standard Musical Work Code) is a standard identifier (ISO 15707:2001) designed to uniquely and accurately identify musical works. It is a permanent identifier which identifies a work across political and linguistic boundaries rather than expressions or manifestations of works and thus does not identify recordings, publications or broadcasts of the work. The ISWC has many potential applications in tracking and exchanging information about musical works, e.g. royalty distribution.
Last update: 5 December 2017