EBR to CWR Conversion Tool
- Conversion form and Dropbox app for SUBSCRIBERS
There is a dedicated video playlist on Youtube about this tool.
Publishers, who submit musical work registrations to ASCAP, BMI or SOCAN in the Electronic Batch Registration (EBR) format, often keep their data in Excel files, or in a FileMaker / Access database and usually have no way to create CWR, which is:
- the best way for batch registrations at MROs
- the best way to deliver data to sub-publishers
- the best way to deliver data to DSPs
- the only format for batch registration in collecting societies outside the US and Canada
This unique tool converts EBR, vanilla or with custom client extensions, into valid CWR.
All data is validated during the conversion, and issues are reported back, to make sure that the resulting CWR file will be valid and accepted by the receiving parties.
Interfaces: Web vs Dropbox app
There are two interfaces, a web form and, much more powerful, Dropbox app.
With the Dropbox app, one can have partial conversions, separating data that passed validation from invalid data. In this way, valid registrations can be ready at once, while the others are being fixed.
In order to achieve this, a valid CWR file is created, and an EBR file with musical works that failed the validation.
Better error reporting
During the conversion process, our Dropbox app creates a file with detailed error descriptions.
Conversion of acknowledgements and ISWC assingments
For each delivered CWR file, societies send back one or more acknowledgement files, also in the CWR format, which is not human-readable. Also, some send separate files with ISWC assignments.
In order to give you proper insight into what happened, this file is converted into two files:
- an Excel file, similar to EBR acknowledgement files from Musicmark
- CWR file with syntax highlighting
|EBR template||Standard or Full||Custom|
|Smart fixing of bad data||Optional||Optional|
|Calculate mech. and sync. shares||Optional||Optional|
|Detailed error reporting||Dropbox only||Dropbox only|
|Partial exports from good data||Dropbox only||Dropbox only|
|EBR Files with unconverted data||Dropbox only||Dropbox only|
|Acknowledgements and ISWCs|
|CWR acknowledgement conversion||Dropbox only||Dropbox only|
|Import of ISWCs from CWR||Dropbox only||Dropbox only|