BMI Live is a new program designed for the BMI performing songwriter to log-in to their online account through BMI.com and submit their set lists for their performances in all venues across the country.
To be eligible for royalty payments under the BMI Live program, a performance must be considered a “public performance” that is covered by existing BMI licenses.
Non-eligible performances which will not be considered for royalty payment include, but are not limited to:
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|
Setlists can be entered online via BMI.com or the BMI Mobile app. All you need to do is log into your BMI account and click the BMI Live link. Only the performing songwriter can enter performance details in BMI Live. BMI publishers are eligible for payment under BMI Live but do not have access to the BMI Live application for data entry.
You must enter the performance day and time, setlist and venue information.
You can enter your performance information as often as you’d like. You will be able to enter dates for up to 2 quarters prior to the current quarter. You will be able to see the available entry dates as soon as you log in to BMI Live.
Rates per performance each quarter are determined by a combination of the number of performances reported during the payment period and the general licensing fees available for distribution for BMI Live performances. Since the number of BMI-licensed works, as well as the amount of the license fees collected by BMI, changes from quarter to quarter, the royalty rate for BMI Live works likewise will vary from quarter to quarter. For more information on BMI and royalties see “How We Pay Royalties”.
You can invite them from within the BMI Live program but only one member needs to log the performances for a band.
Payments will appear on your royalty statement as BMI Live.
Yes, this program recognizes publishers as well as songwriters and composers, however only performing songwriters may submit set lists.
Yes. Only those band members who are also members of BMI will be paid through BMI Live.
Yes, you can edit all your performance information up until a certain date when it will then be submitted for processing.
At this time BMI Live can only be used for domestic performances. BMI writers performing outside of the US should download and complete the Foreign Live Performance Notification Form available on the Forms page.
Yes, you should include cover songs. However, only cover songs within the BMI Live database will be eligible for royalty payments under the BMI Live program. When entering a new performance, just click “Add cover song to your setlist” to select a cover song from the BMI Live database of cover songs.
Publishers cannot submit setlists on behalf of their songwriters. Only performing songwriters may submit setlists to BMI Live.
No. BMI Live is intended for non-classical performances. Quarterly royalty payments from BMI Live are completely separate from the annual Live Classical royalty distribution, and BMI Live is not able to make payments for performances that occurred under a classical license. For more information, please review for our complete Guidelines for Reporting Classical Performances to BMI.
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