How does it work?
Each performer is assigned an IPN by the International Performer Database (IPD), which is a database containing information on over 700,000 performers from around the world, managed by SCAPR, the organisation which represents international performer CMOs. All CMOs that are members of SCAPR have access to this shared system, which is used to support the identification and correct payment of performers.
Why is the IPN important?
The effective management of rights across borders requires global identifiers to ensure that when two parties talk to each other, they know they are referring to the same thing. The use of IPNs means that we can more efficiently identify performers, making the accounting process more accurate and effective as we can identify each performer by their IPN rather than relying on their name alone. For example, when payment is made by an overseas CMO to PPL, the inclusion of the IPN in the accompanying statement ensures that PPL is able to pass the payment onto the correct performer, even if the performer in question shares the same name with other performers.
How is the IPD managed?
The IPD goes through a constant process of renewal and PPL was heavily involved in the redevelopment of the database in 2012 to make it more efficient. We continue to work with other CMOs to improve the system and to make sure that the data set is constantly de-duplicated.
How do I find my IPN?
To find your IPN search for one of your recordings and view the ‘Contributors’ information tab. Your unique International Performer Number is listed in the fourth column.
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