Metadata is the Biggest Little Problem Plaguing the Music Industry

It’s possible to correct metadata errors afterward, but that’s reliant on someone catching that error and then correcting it in every database where it appears. Even if it does get fixed, that doesn’t mean an artist gets all the payments they’re due — every company and collection society has different rules about how long they hold on to unclaimed royalties.

“We take it for granted that we can look up movie or TV credits on IMDb and see everything, down to production assistants,” says Jaxsta’s Joshua Jackson, who recently hosted a standing-room-only panel on metadata at the Music Biz conference in Nashville. “But the changes to music metadata and the standards are so slow.”

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