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Music Recognition Technology is fairly self explanatory, it identifies and reports music usage. When a song is ingested into an MRT database, it’s audio fingerprint is generated. Audio from live sets, television, radio and online music services globally is then scanned for the audio fingerprints in their database, identified and reported back to their partners. By offering clarity to music usage reporting the percentage of music that goes unreported minimises, which in turn maximises the percentage of rightfully attributed royalties. 

MRT can be the driving force when it comes to maximising your royalties. Stats given to us by globally recognised MRT companies DJ Monitor and BMAT illustrate just that…

“A large group (around 500) of electronic music writers who were not on the distribution radar in previous years, are now making a minimum of 50% of their livelihoods through DJ Monitor data”
Yuri Dokter, DJ Monitor CEO & Founder
“In some cases, music usage reports for distribution have multiplied the number of unique works that were distributed for 5 fold, meaning more artists/composers/producers receive the money that’s rightfully theirs. ”
Kelly Abel, BMAT Communications Manager

Although in order to allow MRT to work to the best of it’s capabilities for you and your catalogue, there are some steps you need to take…

1. Up your metadata game

Being proactive when it comes to the quality and completeness of your track’s associated metadata is paramount when it comes to receiving the royalties you are owed. If your track has been identified by MRT, but you haven’t registered it properly then PRS won’t be able to distribute it’s royalties. 

“The sooner we receive metadata and audio from a reliable source, the faster usages of works/recordings will be reported. Due to the quality metadata attached, the bigger the chance that these can be matched to the correct rights holders by the CMOs”.
-Yuri Doktor, DJ Monitor 

If you’re itching to get your music out to your fans it can be all too easy to deliver your tracks with the bare minimum ‘artist name’, ‘title’ and an ‘ISCRC’ number (digital barcode). By ignoring the more intricate parts of the metadata (such as ‘producer’, ‘composer’ or ‘lyrics’), you are actively obstructing your royalty revenue stream. 

2. Take ownership

It boils down to taking ownership of your rights and making sure that MRT databases are populated with your tracks. If you already work with a record label, publisher or music distributor it is worth asking them if they can or already do provide your audio and data to an MRT company.

3. Don't hang around

“In any case, it’s important to register a new track with your PRO as soon as it’s created and deliver the music and metadata to Soundmouse so it gets fingerprinted the moment it is released.”
-Joel Stoner, Soundmouse.

Register with your PRO as soon as your track is finished! The earlier the MRT companies have your data, the better their ability to identify your music. The clear advantage of having MRT integrated into the first stages of the metadata delivery chain is the assurance that songwriters and artists are being paid from the first uses of their tracks. 

Read our deep dive on the global MRT business and how it drives value for rights holders

With contribution from AFEM, AIM, PRS For Music, Mixcloud, DJ Monitor, Soundmouse, BMAT, Sentric, seeqnc, ACRCloud and PEX we recently published 'Music Recognition Technology -The hidden superpower behind the world's leading music companies'.

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