Open Music Initiative

The Open Music Initiative (OMI) is a nonprofit initiative of Berklee College of Music, founded by Berklee's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE), in partnership with the MIT Media Lab and a number of other leading media industry and academic institutions. OMI's goal is to identify gaps in the music ecosystem that, when corrected, would result in additional compensation flowing to music creators and contributors. 

The Open Music Initiative exists to create an open-source protocol for the uniform identification of music rights holders and creators, in order to assure proper compensation for all creators, performers, and rights holders of music. 

Founded in June 2016, the Open Music Initiative consists of over 200 members, including the 3 major labels Sony, Universal, and Warner, as well as YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, Netflix, Alibaba, Sonos, Sirius, Viacom, and many more. 

Since its founding, OMI has convened five plenary meetings, segmented into working groups that generated over 50 business use cases, held over 2,900 hours of conference calls, and designed an OMI Application Programming Interface (API), to be launched in fall 2017. This API will allow interoperability between industry platforms such as music catalogs at labels and publishers, and the databases of streaming services or music licensing and supervision companies. 

For more information, including highlights from the 2017 Open Music Summer Lab, featuring six Berklee students, see the Open Music website