Django-Music-Publisher was originally released in July 2018, and for the rest of 2018, development was very rapid, with major improvements being released in August, September and November.
From January 2019 to January 2022, major versions were released twice per year.
Minor versions, with bug fixes and security updates, are released when required. They are not mentioned in this document.
Major Release History¶
18.7 - 18.11¶
Initial release in July 2018 had a very simple data structure. It used external API for CWR generation. The code was open-source, but it was dependant on a free tier of a commercial service.
This version was focused on making DMP completely independent of any software not available as open-source and compatible with the MIT license.
CWR generation and complete data validation was added to the open-source code. Full support for modified works was added, as well as basic co-publishing support. Data export in JSON format was added.
This version was about making DMP compatible with both current and future requirements within the precisely defined scope: single publisher, single manuscript share. (This scope has not changed since, nor will in the future.)
Most notably, support for multiple recordings per work and CWR 3.0 (labeled as “experimental”) were added. CWR preview, for both versions, received basic syntax highlighting. Since this version, CWR files are zipped.
Twenty-twenty was primarily about simplified deployment. Since this version, DMP can be deployed to the Free Heroku dyno (container) by non-techies.
Support for custom global share splits was added. MR/SR affiliations for writers were also added. Syntax highlighting for CWR acknowledgements was added, to simplify dealing with conflicts and other registration-related issues.
This version added a lot of new features!
Processing of royalty statements is the most important new feature since the initial release. It can import statements in practically any CSV format. Processing is extremely fast.
Basic CSV imports and exports for musical works, and JSON exports for releases were added.
ISWCs can now be imported from CWR acknowledgements. Controlled writers with no society affiliation are now fully supported.
Index (home) page became clearer due to grouping of views. User
manual was reorganised to follow the same structure.
links now lead to the relevant page in the user manual.
This version was focused on improving and extending existing features.
Support for CWR was extended to include latest revisions:
- CWR 2.1 Revision 8,
- CWR 2.2 Revision 2 (includes cross-references),
- CWR 3.0 Revision 0 (includes cross-references, experimental), and
- CWR 3.1 DRAFT (includes cross-references, experimental).
CWR Syntax highlighting was improved and now includes all fields DMP generates from data, with more detailed descriptions on mouse-over, for all supported CWR versions.
A side menu was added to all add/change/view pages, making navigation faster.
The version focuses on improving data exchange with other solutions, most notably That Green Thing.
Support for writers with IPI numbers, but without CMO affiliations was improved
Internal notes for writers, artists and labels were added
More data is available in CSV exports:
- separate manuscript, performance, mechanical and sync shares for writers,
- data about an original publisher, with performance, mechanical and sync shares,
- data about recordings, including recording ID, record labels and recording artists, and
- society Work IDs.
More data is available in CSV imports:
- data about recordings: ISRC, duration, release date, and
- society work IDs.
Improved support for ISWC imports and duplicate handling.
Interface now also available in dark mode
With very little to do in the realm of music publishing, within the defined scope, DMP has moved towards supporting music companies who are both publishers and labels.
This version added support for file uploads, either locally (for traditional installations) or to S3 storage (for containers). Please consult Installation and Upgrading for instructions how to enable and configure file storage.
Writers, artists, labels and releases received
description fields, to be used in front-end representations.
Recordings received an
Read-only REST API endpoints are available for releases and recording artists, enabling integration with websites.
Playlists can now be created, either by manually adding recordings, or by using batch actions in various list views, and shared using secret URLs.
Full metadata backup can be download using REST API endpoint.
In the last 2 years, we have seen an increasing number of projects built on top of DMP. On the other hand, there was almost no feedback on features intended for labels. Therefore, it was decided not to add any more new features, but instead consolidate and improve existing features.
Account # field was added to the
Writer model. This field can
be used for linking data from outgoing royalty statements with
Introduction chapter of this documentation was extended with graphs, and split into two separate documents. Several external articles were linked to improve clarity.
Source code has been reviewed and partly cleaned up, with average
complexity reduced to
A (3.0) and no block more complex than
C. Code style is now validated with
Future open-source features¶
Nothing is planned for the foreseeable future. Unless there is a significant change in the industry, the next major release will be out in 2024. Bugfix and security releases will be coming out when required.