The scope of the GRD is to provide, for the first time, a single, comprehensive and authoritative representation of the global ownership and control of musical works.

Once deployed the GRD would save extensive costs currently lost to duplication in data processing. 

These back-office savings might ultimately be re-invested in frontline services to increase the licensed usage of music, benefiting creators and rights-holders. The GRD would also reduce data management, working capital costs and aims to lower the administrative barriers to businesses seeking to distribute content online and ensure that creators of music are quickly and efficiently compensated for their work. The Global Repertoire Database Working Group launched the second phase of work on the GRD in October. This is the Requirements and Design Phase and this is due to conclude in May 2013.

These companies and organisations are represented on the Global Repertoire Database Working Group:

  • ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance)
  • ICMP (International Confederation of Music Publishers)
  • CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers)
  • Sony/ATV Music Publishing/EMI Music Publishing
  • Universal Music Publishing
  • Warner/Chappell Music
  • APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association)
  • GEMA (Gesellschaft Für Musikalische Aufführungs- und Mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte)
  • PRS for Music
  • SACEM (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de musique)
  • STIM (Sveriges Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrå)
  • Apple
  • Google
  • Omnifone