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International Standard Music Number Registration

***Advisory (May 22, 2020) : In view of the state of national emergency that the country is facing, please see Public Advisory No. Jet-01 for the guidelines on application for ISBN, ISSN and ISMN.

A unique 13 digit number for the identification of all printed and digital music publications i.e. notated music such as scores, vocal scores, sheet music, anthologies of music, music part or separate parts for a particular instrumentation from a specific publisher or producer. It is compatible with the international EAN-13 digit barcode, an internationally recognized system whereby code numbers are assigned to facilitate international cooperation and information exchange.
Application Requirements:
  1. Photocopy of title page (final title of the publication)
  2. Copyright page indicating the publisher’s name and address.
  3. Photocopy of any of the following:
For Individual or Sole Proprietor: Business permit/License/DTI registration as Publisher;
For Corporation: SEC registration as Publisher
For Government Institution: Organizational Chart
   4. Duly filled out ISMN Fact Sheet and Information Sheet
   5.  Registration fee of P120.00/title Waived per Public Advisory No. JET-01
Applications may be sent through any of the following:
  1. Hand-deliver
  2. Courier Service
  3. Postal Mail
Payment may be in form of:
  1. Postal Money Order (payable to: National Library of the Philippines)
  2. Cash
Publishers may claim the ISMN within the day for the hand-delivered documents while E-mail will be sent a day after the receipt of the complete requirements from the Courier Service or Postal Mail.
Address to:   
National Library of the Philippines
c/o Ms. Jennifer B. Dimasaca
OIC, Bibliographic Services Division
T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila

Tel. No.: 5336-7200 loc. 406-407
ISMN Fact Sheet (A4 size paper)
ISMN Information Sheet (A4 size paper)
ISMN Brochure (A4 size paper)

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