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Royalty Introduction

Royalty policies are complicated. Choose between two versions of this page.

basic

We’ve created this abridged edition of our Royalty Policy Manual (or RPM) to help you better understand how BMI pays royalties.  The information contained in this guide provides an overview for the vast majority of our songwriters and composers; however, if you’re a classical composer, a member of a foreign performing right society who licenses his or her musical works through BMI or simply feel you need the most detailed royalty payment information available, you’ll want to refer to the full RPM.