The International Standard Music Number (ISMN) is a unique number for the identification of all notated music publications from all over the world, whether available for sale, hire or gratis – be it a part, a score, or an element in a multi-media kit. It is designed to rationalize the processing and handling of notated music and the respective bibliographical data for publishing houses, the music trade and libraries.

For more information consult the ISBN User’s Manual (in Maltese).

Applying for an ISMN

The National Book Council is the official agent for the issuing of ISMNs in Malta.
As of 1 January 2020 the issuing of all ISBNs and ISMNs by the National Book Council are free of charge.

Apply for an ISMN by filling the online ISMN Application Form.

Queries can be addressed by email to: