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How to Apply for International Standard Music Number (ISMN) in Kenya

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How to Apply for International Standard Music Number (ISMN) in Kenya by Kenyans247(m): Mon Jan 2020 09:12am
To apply for ISMN, the applicant has to contact the Kenya National Library Service offices.
The applicant has to make sure he or she has all the required documents that are required for this process to be successful and it can be found under the "Required Documents" section of this page.
On Completion of this process, the applicant after meeting all the requirements is issued with ISMN.

Required Documents
Application Form
A copy of the title page(s)
A copy of verso page(s)
A copy of certificate of registration

Office Locations & Contacts
Kenya National Library Service Head Office
Mumias Road/Ol Donyo Sabuk Road Junction,

P.O. Box 30573 - 00100

Nairobi, Kenya

Phone: +254 20 2158352 / 7786710

Fax: +254 20 2721749



Map Location,+Kenya/@0.2109283,34.6761082,9z/data=!3m1!4b1

Operating hours
Monday Friday: 8.00am to 6.30pm
Saturday: 8.30am to 5.00pm
Sundays & Public holidays: closed


A separate ISMN must be assigned to every different edition of an item. Specifically, a new ISMN is required when:

there is a change in the musical or literary content of a work, unless these are minor corrections.
a literary text that is an integral part of a published musical work is altered.
a translation of a literary text is added, removed or altered. A new ISMN must be assigned, even if text and/or music are otherwise unchanged.
the physical size of an item is substantially changed in order to produce a new full study or miniature score edition.

Charges for ISMN are as follows:

1 ISMN - Kshs. 500.00
10 ISMN - Kshs. 3,000.00
100 ISMN - Kshs. 10,000.00
1000 ISMN - Kshs. 25,000.00

The ISMN is not targeted at sound or video recordings (except in the rare case below). Items to be numbered include:

Miniature (study) scores
Vocal scores
Sets of parts
Individual parts, available separately
Pop folios
Other media that are an integral component of a publication of notated music (e.g , a tape recording that is one of the part of a composition
Song texts or lyrics published with the notated music (if available separately)
Commentaries published with the notated music( also available separately)
Song books (optional)
Micro-form music publications
Braille music publications
Electronic publications of musical notations

Required Information
Publishing Company Information
Publishing Details

Need for the Document
The International Standard Music Number (ISMN) is used to identify publications of notated music, whether available for sale, hire, free of charge, or copyright purposes only.

Information which might help
Kenya National library has signed a contract with International Standard Music Number (ISMN) Agency in Berlin. The signing of contract mandates KNLS to act as the National Agency in issuance of ISMN numbers to local artist. KNLS now becomes the third country in Africa after Ghana and South Africa to sign contract to administer ISMN. ISMN like ISBN for books, is a number that identifies published works of music for a given country.

External Links
International Standard Music Number (ISMN)

ISMN Users Manual

The assignment of registrant elements and the liaison with registrants in the ISMN system is normally handled by national or regional agencies. The national or regional ISMN agencies are appointed by the International ISMN Agency on the basis of a contract, and thus become members of the system.

The functions of a national or regional agency are:

to maintain contacts with the registrants in the country or region and to introduce new registrants to the system
to handle relations with the International ISMN Agency on behalf of all the registrants in the country or region
to decide, in consultation with trade organisations and registrants, the registrant element ranges required
to allocate registrant elements to registrants eligible to join the system in their country or region and to maintain a register of these registrants and their registrant elements
to decide, in consultation with trade organisations and registrants, which registrants shall assign numbers to their own publications and which registrants shall have numbers assigned to their publications by the national or regional agency
to provide technical advice and assistance to registrants and to ensure that standards and approved procedures are observed
to make a manual of instruction for registrants available in the vernacular language(s)
to make computer printouts of ISMNs available to registrants numbering their own publications with check digits already calculated
to validate all ISMNs assigned by registrants numbering their own publications and keep a register of them
to inform registrants of any invalid or duplicate ISMN assigned by them
to assign numbers to all items from those publishers who do not assign their own ISMNs and advise these publishers of the ISMNs assigned to them
to achieve, thereby, total numbering in the country or region
to arrange, with music listing and bibliographic agencies, the publication of ISMNs with the titles to which they refer
to arrange, with registrants, the numbering of their back lists and the publication of these in appropriate trade lists and bibliographies
to assist the trade in the use of the ISMN in computer systems
to provide the International ISMN Agency regularly and free of charge with the complete data of registrant's prefixes and addresses for inclusion in an ISMN Music Publishers' Directory
to inform the International ISMN Agency regularly about its own activities and the current state of the ISMN system in the country or region
to contribute financially to the maintenance of the International ISMN Agency


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