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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.

What We Do

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 600,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.


Our Role

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.

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"It seems like BMI gets behind your career more, it's more of a family feeling."

Shawn K. Clement, BMI Songwriter

Heritage

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.

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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.

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The International Marketplace

BMI’s role is international in scope. The songwriters, composers and publishers we represent include individuals from the more than 90 foreign performing rights organizations with which BMI has reciprocal agreements. Income generated by the use of our songwriters’ works in the international marketplace represents a significant percentage of BMI’s overall revenues.

Learn How BMI Connects Around the World

BMI’s inclusive culture makes us stronger.

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Contact BMI

Nashville

nashville@bmi.com
10 Music Square East
Nashville, TN 37203-4399
(615) 401-2000

New York

newyork@bmi.com
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007-0030
(212) 220-3000

Los Angeles

losangeles@bmi.com
8730 Sunset Blvd.
3rd Floor West
West Hollywood, CA 90069-2211
(310) 659-9109

London

london@bmi.com
84 Harley House
Marylebone Road
London NW1 5HN, United Kingdom
44 20 7486 2036

Atlanta

atlanta@bmi.com
3340 Peachtree Road, NE
Suite 570
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 261-5151

Puerto Rico

puertorico@bmi.com
1250 Ave. Ponce de Leon
San Jose Building, Suite 1008
Santurce, PR 00907
(787) 754-6490

Miami

miami@bmi.com
(305) 673-5148


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