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.
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.
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.