change views for writers have several fieldsets.
Writer ID and Account Number¶
At the top, before the first fieldset are two fields,
Writer ID, assigned by the system
and not editable, and
Account #, used for linking data from DMP with your accounting, when
processing royalty statements.
Last name and
first name fields in the first, quite self-explanatory.
Only last name is required.
IPI name # and
IPI Base # in the second. If you are unfamiliar with these
identifiers, see IPI name and base numbers.
Performance Rights Society in the third. In most cases, writers are only affiliated with
performance rights societies. Depending on settings, fields for mechanical and even sync
affiliation might be visible.
In the last group, we have three fields:
General agreementto mark that there is an original general agreement with this writer. This means that this writer must be controlled in all works.
Society-assigned agreement numberfor the original general agreement between you and this writer (required in some societies)
Publisher feeis the fee kept by the publisher when royalties are paid and distributed.
Publisher fee is not used in registrations. It is used only for
royalty statement processing.
Details are explained in that section.
This section is only visible if file uploads are configured.
This section has two fields:
Image- for uploading an image of the writer
Description- for public description
This section has only a single field
Notes. You can use it in any way you
The last column is both a work counter and link to the list of works by this writer.
Can be controlled column requires an explanation.
For writers who are controlled (whose works are published by you), more data is required than for those who are not. This column shows if data is sufficient for the writer to be marked as controlled.
Controlled writers without affiliation and/or IPI name number¶
In very rare cases, writers choose not to affiliate with any society and even get an IPI name number. And consequently not getting paid.
If you control such a writer, you can still enter them. If they don’t
have an IPI name number, you can enter
00000000000. If they are not
affiliated with any performance rights society, there is a
option at the bottom of the list.
This has to be manually re-entered on every save of the writer form. It is a feature, not a bug. In almost all cases, both IPI name number and PR affiliations should be entered for controlled writers. Entering edge case exceptions should not be simple.
For writers you do not control, you should still provide as much data as possible.
Only if ALL writers are identified with their IPI numbers, the work can receive an International Standard Musical Work Code (ISWC).