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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


Service Notice

Web services for BMI licensees will be undergoing scheduled maintenance Sunday, September 21st, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Central Time.

During this period BMI customer licensees and potential licensees may not be able to access services that require login such as “Pay Your Invoice”, “Manage Your Account”, “Renew Your License” and “Apply for License”.

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?