All About IPI Numbers
Of all the acronyms you’ll encounter as an ASCAP member, “IPI” is one of the most important for getting you paid properly. Here’s everything you need to know about IPI numbers.
What’s an IPI number?
An Interested Party Information (IPI) number is a unique, international identification number, usually 9–11 digits long. IPIs are assigned to songwriters, composers and music publishers that own the rights to music.
How are IPI numbers used?
Most of the world’s performing rights organizations (including ASCAP) use IPI numbers to link you to your musical works, so we can track performances of your music and pay royalties to the right people.
IPI numbers are helpful for distinguishing you from all the other music writers and publishers throughout the world. For example, let’s say you write a song with someone who has a common name, like Pat Smith. You can make sure you have the right Pat Smith by searching by Pat’s IPI number when you’re registering the song with ASCAP.
How do I get an IPI number?
An IPI number is generally assigned within five business days after you join ASCAP. Once it’s assigned, you will find it listed in your Member Access account.
Please note that IPI numbers aren’t assigned by ASCAP – they are assigned on behalf of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC).
What do I do with my IPI number?
Whenever you register your music with ASCAP, make sure to include your IPI number. Send your IPI number to your collaborators, and make sure you get theirs, too. This ensures that you’re always adding the correct entitled party to your registration.
Is an IPI number the same as my ASCAP member ID?
No, they are two separate numbers. Your IPI number is available to the public, in connection with your name and registered music, for example in the ASCAP Repertory Search database. You can share your IPI number freely – and you should share it whenever you’re collaborating with another writer or publisher. Your ASCAP member ID is used only for your ASCAP business, and should be kept confidential.
I have both a writer and publisher membership with ASCAP. Is my IPI number the same for both?
No, you have a unique IPI number assigned to each of your ASCAP memberships.
What if I have a pseudonym/alias/stage name?
You will be assigned a separate IPI name number for each name and pseudonym on file with ASCAP. Rest assured they are all connected to the same ASCAP membership, so whichever one of your IPI name numbers is included on a work registration, it will link back to you. You can find the IPI name numbers for all your pseudonyms in your Member Access account, under the “Profile” section.
If you have multiple ASCAP memberships (for example, a writer and a publisher membership), and each one has alternate names/pseudonyms, the alternate IPI name numbers will be connected only to the membership in question.
I see an “IPI Name Number” in Member Access. Is this the same as my IPI number?
Essentially, yes. You are assigned a distinct “IPI name number” for each name you have on file with ASCAP. Each pseudonym/alternate name you have added to your membership will be given a different IPI name number. Even if you do not have any alternate names on file with ASCAP, the IPI number displayed on your account can be considered an “IPI name number.”
How can I keep track of my IPI?
Download your ASCAP Mobile Pass in Member Access. Mobile Pass is a convenient way of storing your IPI number on your phone. When it's time to register your new music, open up your Mobile Pass to get your IPI, and use the IPIs you got from your co-writers and publishers, too.
I switched from another performing rights organization. Can I use my existing IPI number to register music with ASCAP?
Yes. IPI numbers are not specific to any single PRO, and your existing IPI number will typically follow you if you switch to a new society.
I joined ASCAP more than a week ago. Why haven’t I been assigned an IPI number yet?
There are a number of possible reasons why your IPI number has not yet been assigned. If it’s been more than a week since your ASCAP application was approved, and you still haven’t been notified about your IPI number, look in the “Profile” section of your Member Access account. If your IPI number isn’t yet listed there, please send a Message to ASCAP Global Services in Member Access, or call us at 1-800-95-ASCAP.
I’m having trouble using my IPI number on another site – it tells me that I’m entering the wrong number of digits. Help!
The IPI number you are assigned is typically between 9 and 11 digits long. Some music distributors and rights agencies require that you enter an IPI number with a specific number of digits - usually 9, 10 or 11. If the service in question requires more digits, try adding leading 0s before your IPI; if it asks for fewer digits, try removing any leading 0s.
If you’re still having trouble using your IPI number with a service other than ASCAP, contact that service directly for help.