BMI Government Affairs & Public Policy
BMI’s primary goal is to ensure that our writers, composers and publishers are properly compensated for the public use of their music. This objective requires a multifaceted approach that involves educating about public policy and partnerships.
BMI and Award-Winning Songwriters Go to Capitol Hill to Advocate for the Value of Music
Broadcast Music Inc. CEO and President Del Bryant, Senior Vice President Richard Conlon and other BMI senior executives went to Washington, D.C., on April 23, 2013, on behalf of songwriters in an impassioned effort to educate Congressional policy staff, legislators, and Washington lobbyists on the craft of songwriting. Accompanying BMI executives were 2012 BMI Country Songwriter of the Year, Luke Laird, and multi-GRAMMY nominated Claude Kelly.
In an interview format with a Q&A following, Laird and Kelly spoke eloquently about how income is derived and how songwriters go from the initial composition to completion. In detail, they highlighted the lifecycle of a song, its importance to businesses and the commerce it generates to ensure its continued creation. Compensation, the royalty distribution stream, and the overall value of music and impact of music rights management in the digital age were also discussed. At the close of the presentation, Laird and Kelly each gave a compelling musical performance, further exemplifying the need to protect one of America’s greatest resources -- our intellectual property.
Watch now: Luke Laird performs "Pontoon" & "So Small"
Please check back for more information on how BMI advocates for the value of music and rights of the songwriting community.
Foremost, BMI strives to educate the public about the need for copyright protection so that the creative ecosystem between art and commerce can continue. In doing this, BMI takes an active role in the public policy conversation on the development of intellectual property rights in the digital age, and partners with leading academic institutions by sending BMI experts as speakers on leading industry panels and seminars. As a company serving music users ranging from the corner bar or restaurant to the largest of broadcast and digital media entities, BMI’s business activities touch on a number of issues of great interest to federal and state legislators. BMI works closely with members of Congress as they oversee copyright law and draft future legislation that will affect our affiliates. BMI also actively participates in international forums that seek to redefine global rights management mechanisms for the digital age.
BMI carefully monitors legislative activity to serve as a voice for our songwriters, composers, and music publishers, wherever their interests may be implicated, to preserve the value of music.
BMI is a member of CISAC, the leading worldwide network of authors’ societies, to promote the interests of creators and provide the highest business standards that will protect their rights globally.
BMI is also a proud member of the Copyright Alliance and joined the call to increase support for the protection of intellectual property.
BMI, along with a group of collective rights-management organizations, completed a nine-month stakeholder engagement and scoping study for the creation of a Global Repertoire Database (GRD) to enable a more effective multi-territory licensing procedure.
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