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.
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.
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 are required to participate in direct deposit to get paid through BMI Live. Sign up and manage your direct deposit simply by logging in to your BMI.com account or access BMI Mobile for Android or Apple iOS.
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”.
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.
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 does not make payments for performances that occurred under a classical license. For more information, please review the Guidelines for Reporting Classical Performances to BMI.