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Introducing MEAD

Earlier this month, we announced the new DDEX Media Enrichment and Description (MEAD) standard, which enables support for over 30 types of additional metadata such as lyrics, reviews, historic chart positions, and focus track information to be communicated through the supply chain, which will support new service options and marketing opportunities, ultimately improving the consumer experience for search and discovery. MEAD began in the 2017 DDEX Fall Plenary sessions, where representatives from each music sector, including Apple, Amazon, Universal Music Group, Spotify, Warner Music Group, ASCAP, BMI, Pandora, and 30 other experts, brainstormed on the future of standards development.
Bill Rosenblatt wrote a comprehensive story on MEAD for Forbes, and Mark Isherwood and Niels Rump from the DDEX Secretariat presented a webinar for the Music Business Association –  If you missed it, you can view the video here

DDEX at AES New York
DDEX Board Member and co-chair of the ERN Working Group, Tony Brooke from Pandora, was on the panel « Metadata from Creation to Consumption to Preservation » at the recent 147th AES Convention in New York. Pulling from his varied experience – which includes a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and over 100 albums as an audio engineer – Tony gave an overview of all the recording credits in the music value chain, and with over 40,000 new tracks now being released daily, underscoring how important it is to capture this information at the time of recording.

Miami University’s Frost School of Music Hosts DDEX Licensing Working Group Meeting

Left to right: Jay Gress, Sony Music; Serona Elton, Associate Dean and Director of the Music Business and Entertainment Industries Program; Raphael Amselli, Kobalt Music Group; Niels Rump, DDEX Secretariat. Jay and Raphael are co-chairs of the DDEX Licensing Working Group.

In mid-October, Miami University’s Frost School of Music was host to our fall Licensing Working Group Meeting. About 30 attendees discussed the DDEX standards which help companies establish and maintain licences for musical works in the U.S.: the Musical Work Notification standard (to allow prospective licensees to establish share ownership from prospective licensors), the Musical Work Licensing standard (to allow companies to establish licences) and the Letters of Direction standard (which allows the updating of licences if a catalog changes hands). As a result of the meeting, DDEX expects to declare a number of updates to these standards in early 2020.

More #MusicMetadata Stories…
Mark Your Calendar – 2020 DDEX Dates
36th Plenary Meeting, April 20-22
BIG Summit 2020, April 23
37th Plenary Meeting, November 9-11

More announcements about other DDEX events to follow.
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