FAQs: Top Frequently Asked Questions
First of all, congratulations! Now, you need to make sure your work is registered. As soon as a song is published and/or recorded, it should be registered with and reported to BMI. BMI’s ability to license and monitor the performances of a composition is dependent upon the accuracy and timeliness of this reported information. Without it, you may miss out on royalties.
Typically, a publisher will register songs for songwriters. Early registration of works will help prevent lost royalties, so make sure your songs are registered.
Yes, we have a rich, full-featured mobile-optimized version of our award-winning website optimized for all modern mobile phones, devices and browsers. Mobile users will see the new mobile site automatically when viewing our website.
In fact, BMI was the first performing right company in the world to offer a mobile-optimized web presence.
Yes, a new version of an old song, also called a derivative work, should be copyrighted, noting the ways it’s been altered from the previous version.
No, that’s part of BMI’s function. If your songs are registered with BMI and you are receiving radio play, then BMI will get that information.
For detailed information on our payment methodology, visit our Royalty Information section.
BMI conducts music showcases nationwide and offers a variety of professional development seminars, but we cannot get your songs placed on the radio. Publishers, labels, managers and other outside executives may help you find new outlets for your work, but as a performing right organization, BMI’s focus is fair payment and copyright protection for our songwriters, composers and music publishers.
BMI is proud to offer options for life, medical, dental and musical instrument insurance coverage to its songwriters, composers and music publishers. Details are available in the “Platinum Privileges” area of our site.
BMI Live distributions occur quarterly, beginning with the first distribution going out in June 2011, covering performances occurring 7/1/10-12/31/10 and entered in the BMI Live system by songwriters no later than 3/31/2011. Subsequent payments follow a similar quarterly schedule. See the payment distribution schedule below.
|PERFORMANCES BETWEEN||ENTERED BY||PAYMENT|
|October 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014||June 30, 2014||September 2014|
|January 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014||September 30, 2014||January 2015|
|April 1, 2014 - September 30, 2014||December 21, 2014||March 2015|
|July 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014||March 31, 2015||June 2015|
|October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015||June 30, 2015||September 2015|
BMI is what is known as a music performing right organization. A performing right organization represents songwriters, composers and music publishers. Often called PROs, these companies collect license fees from businesses that use music, including television and radio stations; broadcast and cable networks; new media, including the Internet and mobile technologies; satellite audio services like XM and Sirius; nightclubs, hotels, bars, restaurants and other venues; digital jukeboxes; and live concerts. These license fees are then distributed as royalties to the songwriters, composers & music publishers the PROs represent. BMI has been in operation for more than 70 years, is recognized in U.S. copyright law as a licensor of music, and currently represents more than 650,000 copyright owners and their more than 8.5 million musical works.
Your BMI account number can be found on either of the following:
- BMI Contract
- BMI Royalty Statement
If you do not have your BMI contract or a recent BMI royalty statement, please contact your regional BMI Writer/Publisher Relations department and ask for help retrieving your account number.
To download the BMI Mobile App for iOS devices, visit the iTunes App Store on your computer or iOS device.
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Users of smartphones on other platforms can get many of the same features by simply visiting our mobile-optimized website.