What is ISMN

ISMN (International Standard Music Number) is an international standard music number that is used to identify noted music publications (a part, a score, or an element in a multimedia kit).

Who assigns ISМN in the Republic of Macedonia

The ISМN Agency of the Republic of Macedonia under the National and University Library “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Skopje.

Which publications receive ISМN

ISMN is assigned to:

  • scores
  • miniature (study) scores
  • vocal scores
  • sets of parts
  • individual parts, available separately
  • pop folios
  • anthologies
  • composition collections
  • song books (pop, jazz, rock, folklore music etc...)
  • other media that are an integral component of a publication of notated music (e.g., a tape recording that is one of the «parts» of a composition)
  • song texts or lyrics published with the notated music (if available separately)
  • commentaries published with the notated music (also available separately)
  • micro-form music publications
  • Braille music publications
  • electronic publications of musical notations
The following are not to be given ISМN:
  • books on music except when they contain examples of notated music
  • stand-alone sound or video recordings (including recordings available on computer media)
  • serial publications
Application of ISMN

A separate ISMN must be assigned to every different edition of an item and when there is a change in the musical or literary content of a work. New ISMN number is not assigned to a new unchanged edition or reprint of the same format from the same publisher.

ISМN designation awarded once a title should not be used for another title.

Printing of the ISMN on a music publication

The ISMN must be printed on the back of a score or part. If practicable, the ISMN should also be printed with the copyright notice. f the item involves display of content stored in electronic form (e.g. an online item), the ISMN shall appear on the page or screen that displays the title or its equivalent.

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