White Papers & How-To Guides

Music Biz offers free white papers on various industry topics, aimed at educating our members of the current state of our marketplace while offering ideas on how various segments of the industry can work together to advance the industry.

Note: Music Biz members are free to access all past white papers. Non-members who request access to white papers will be contacted by a Music Biz team member with more information about the Association.

July 26, 2016 – DDEX Release Notification Standard Starter Guide for Implementation

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) and its Metadata & Digital Operations Workgroup, in association with DDEX (Digital Data Exchange, LLC), are offering labels and label aggregators a step-by-step guide on how to use the DDEX standard to upload and manage their catalogs on digital retailers.

September 30, 2015 – Classical Metadata Style Guide

Released simultaneously with the Metadata Style Guide V2.1, our Classical Metadata Style Guide is the first to specifically address Classical music, which requires specialized formatting that differs substantially from that of modern popular music. (9.30.15)

September 30, 2015 – Music Metadata Style Guide V2.1

The third iteration of Music Biz’s touchstone Music Metadata Style Guide provides a set of common naming conventions and data entry standards for companies to use when listing, ingesting, and managing digital music. (9.30.15)

August 14, 2014 – Music Metadata Style Guide V2.0

Compiled by Music Biz’s Digital Supply Chain and Operations Work Group, the updated document furthers the mission of the original, adding significant changes to standards for artists, albums, and tracks; providing more robust direction on DDEX standards; and adding Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai to the languages section. (8.14.14)