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Apply for Your BMI Music License

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Examples: Bars & Restaurants, Local Government Entities (LGE), Fitness Clubs, Residential Communities, TV, Radio, Website, Mobile


DISCLAIMER: Following a recent decision from BMI's rate court, BMI may no longer be able to license certain catalogs of music. Please check here for more information.

BMI Offers a Variety of Music Licenses for Business

Why do I need a license?

You can’t play music publicly without one. Copyright laws require music users to get permission from songwriters and composers who can charge a fee before their music is played publicly, which then allows them to continue to create music.

How do I license?

Most music users apply for a license online. Search for your business above. If online licensing is not available for your business, you can download a license or call (888) 689-5264.


Licensing FAQ


Q: What is BMI?

Q: How does a business obtain a BMI License?

Q: What does a business really get with a BMI Music License?

Q: What happens to the fees that businesses pay and how much profit does BMI make?

Q: How does a business know if they’re playing BMI Music?

Q: Aren’t TV, cable, and radio stations already licensed with BMI?

Q: If musicians are playing live music, aren’t they responsible for public performance fees?

Q: Does a business need a BMI License if they only play original music?

Q: If a business has a license with another performing right organization, do they still need to license with BMI?

Q: What is a public performance of music and what is the “Performing Right”?

Q: Our business bought our own iPod, CDs, & gaming software. Isn’t this our property to play anywhere?

Q: What service does BMI provide to businesses?