How to Apply for International Standard Music Number (ISMN) In Uganda

Apply for International Standard Music Number (ISMN) In Uganda By Yourself

  1. In order to apply for ISMN the applicant needs contact for the National Library of Uganda.
  2. The applicant should ensure that he/she is armed with all the documents needed in order for the process to be successful . This information is available under the “Required Documents” section on this page.
  3. After the process is completed After completing the process, the applicant who meets all the requirements gets issued with an ISMN.

Required Documents For Apply for International Standard Music Number

  1. Application Formula
  2. Copy of title page(s)
  3. A copy of the verso page(s)
  4. A copy of the certificate of registration

Office Locations and Contacts

National Library of Uganda:Plot 50 Buganda Road
0414-254661 / 233633
Site: Uganda National Library of Uganda

  • Scroll down until at the end of page. Contact details are readily available.


A different ISMN has to be assigned to each different version of the item. Particularly the new ISMN is required in the following situations:

  • There is a change to the musical or literary contents of a work, except there are minor changes.
  • The text of a literary work that is an integral component of a musical piece that can be altered.
  • A translation of a literary text changed, removed, or added. A new ISMN has to be assigned even if music or text are unaltered.
  • the size of an object is drastically modified to produce an entirely new scale study edition or miniature.


Costs to ISMN are as they are:

  1. 1 ISMN 1 ISMN Ugshs. 20,000.00
  2. 10 ISMN 10 ISMN Ugshs. 100,000.00
  3. 100 ISMN 100 ISMN Ugshs. 350,000.00
  4. 1000 ISMN 1000 ISMN Ugshs. 1,000,000.00


  • Long-lasting and reliable.

Processing Time

  • Processing can take 14 days.


The ISMN is not aimed at audio or video recordings (except in the case of the unusual below). Items that are numbered include:

  • Scores
  • Miniature (study) scores
  • Vocal scores
  • Parts in sets
  • Individual parts, available separately
  • Pop folios
  • Anthologies
  • Other media that form an integral part of a publication that contains notated music (e.g tape recordings that forms a components of the composition
  • Song lyrics or song texts included in the notated music (if available in a separate manner)
  • Commentaries that are published along with recorded tune( additionally available)
  • Songbooks (optional)
  • Micro-form music magazines
  • Braille music publications
  • Electronic publication of music notations

The Information You Need

  • Publishing Company Information
  • Publishing Information

The Document is required

  • The International Standard Music Number (ISMN) is used to identify the publication of notated music, which are available for hire, sale at no cost or for copyright-related purposes only.

Information that could be helpful

  • The National Library of Uganda has signed a contract with the International Standard Music Number (ISMN) Agency in Berlin. The contract’s signing obligates NLU to serve as an National Agency in issuance of ISMN numbers to local artists. NLU is now the fourth country in Africa following Ghana as well as South Africa to sign contract to manage ISMN. ISMN similar to ISBN is the code that indicates the work of music in a specific country.



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