BMI was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.
BMI is the bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly. As a global leader in music rights management, BMI serves as an advocate for the value of music, representing more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 650,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.
BMI supports its songwriters, composers and publishers by taking care of an important aspect of their careers – getting paid. BMI supports businesses and organizations that play music publicly by offering blanket music licenses that permit them to play more than 8.5 million musical works. Both relationships save each time and money.Become a BMI Member
Shawn K. Clement, BMI Songwriter
BMI has the ability to power music establishments, restaurants, live concerts, fitness clubs and other music users with the most popular music in all genres. We also have an enduring commitment to innovation that brings our copyright owners and licensees new technologies to manage their music and their music use.Learn More About BMI's Services
BMI’s role is international in scope. The songwriters, composers and publishers we represent include individuals from the more than 90 performing rights organizations around the world and their works represent a significant percentage of BMI’s overall revenues.Learn How BMI Connects Around the World
Since its founding in 1939, BMI’s goal has been to respect, nurture and represent songwriters so that their music can be heard. BMI has always supported the relationship between art and commerce and continues to help aspiring songwriters through workshops, showcases and our website while offering diverse award-winning content to our licensees.75 Years of Creative Progress
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