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BMI Offers a Variety of Career Tools for Songwriters, Composers & Publishers

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Creators FAQ


Q: Can a person be both a songwriter and a publisher?

Q: How much does it cost to register my songs with BMI?

Q: Is it necessary to copyright my songs?

Q: What is the fee to create a publishing company with BMI?

Q: What is the difference between a songwriter and a publisher?

Q: Does BMI need a copy of my song?

Q: What do I do if my song is being played on radio, TV or Internet?

Q: Do I need to re-copyright new versions of my old songs?

Q: Do I need to inform BMI when my songs are played on the radio?

Q: How do I copyright my song and/or collection of my songs?

Q: How much does BMI Mobile cost?

Q: When should I join BMI?

Royalty Information

How We Pay Royalties

When you write a song, you have an exclusive “performing right” that requires any business or organization to get permission if they want to play your song publicly. When you join BMI, you allow us to license your music to radio, TV stations, cable, nightclubs, hotels, fitness clubs and any other establishment that uses music to enhance their business. BMI then pays you quarterly royalties based on the public performances of your music so that you can concentrate on continuing to write or compose.
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Upcoming Royalty Dates

June
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Royalty Payment for 4th Quarter 2013

Important Royalty Dates

  • 6/20/14: Royalty Payment for 4th Quarter 2013
  • 9/19/14: Royalty Payment for 1st Quarter 2014
  • 1/16/15: Royalty Payment for 2nd Quarter 2014
  • 3/20/15: Royalty Payment for 3rd Quarter 2014

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We Value Music

BMI knows that our culture is dependent on the creation of intellectual property, specifically, the creation of music. Without copyright protection, songwriters would lose their exclusive performing right, allowing anyone to use their music freely and without payment. That means that most songwriters would not be able to continue their craft, and we would not have the impressive musical culture we have and continue to build.

BMI’s award-winning repertoire includes more than 8.5 million musical works created by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. As the global leader in music rights management, BMI advocates for your rights and licenses your music to more than 650,000 businesses.

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Join BMI

BMI is dedicated to nurturing and maintaining relationships with music creators. We offer workshops and showcases for emerging talent and BMI awards for songwriters and publishers whose public performances are extensive. It's fast, easy and free to join. Songwriters, publishers and composers can simply click the button below, allowing BMI to represent your music. More information on BMI can be found in our FAQ section.


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