Metadata for Your Music
“Metadata…metadata…metadata…” If you are a musician, it is possible that you have heard this term before. But what exactly is metadata and why is it important for musicians?
Metadata describes other data. It provides information about a certain item’s content. An image may include metadata that describes how large the picture is, the color depth, the image resolution, when the image was created, and other information (https://techterms.com/definition/metadata).
So why does this matter to musicians? Everyone knows the importance of listing their name and the song title, but what else needs to be included? Cdbaby.com lists some other metadata items that are also important when uploading your music online.
Featured Artists – Listing any other artist who collaborated with you on your track will help get your music in front of other artists’ audiences.
The Album/Single Title – If you are releasing an entire album, great! If you’re just releasing a single, it is still important to list the song title as the album title. Any metadata fields left open decrease the visibility of your music.
Songwriter and Publisher information for each song – Providing this information ensures that digital music services are paying the necessary royalties and listing the correct licenses
Cover Artwork – Help listeners quickly find your music, and display your unique brand as an artist.
Label and Copyright Information – Give credit where credit is due. If someone else has ownership over part of the sound recording, make sure to list them here
Social Media Links – Let listeners know where they can find you online so they can keep up with new releases and upcoming shows!
When uploading your music to Imurj Radio, make sure to include these important metadata items to increase your music’s visibility, set your brand apart from other artists, and give listeners information on how to get in contact with you. We hope this list benefits your music career, and happy uploading!