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Creators FAQ

Q: Does BMI have a mobile website?

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: Can BMI get my songs on the radio?

Q: Does BMI offer insurance?

Q: How often does BMI Live pay out?

Q: What is BMI?

Q: Where can I find my BMI account number?

Q: Where can I download the BMI Mobile App?

Q: How do I register my songs with BMI?

Q: What types of performances are not eligible through BMI Live?

Q: Will publishers also be paid for BMI Live performances?

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


Royalty Payment for 2nd Quarter 2014

Important Royalty Dates

  • 3/20/15: Royalty Payment for 3rd Quarter 2014

BMI Quarterly Update

Details on this quarter's royalty distributions and a quarterly update from BMI President and CEO Mike O'Neill.

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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 650,000 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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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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