2017 Radio License Extension

The term of the current BMI Radio Station Blanket/Per Program License Agreement will expire on December 31, 2016. BMI and the Radio Music License Committee (“RMLC”) have begun meeting to discuss the rates and terms of a new BMI license agreement for the radio industry for the period commencing January 1, 2017.

In order to remain licensed for the period commencing January 1, 2017, commercial radio stations have three (3) options as follows:

  1. Sign the BMI 2017 Radio License Extension Agreement (Extension Documents are available for download on this page under RMLC Documents).
  2. Sign the RMLC Authorization to Negotiate form (“RMLC Authorization”), which also binds your station to the terms of the next BMI RMLC agreement; or
  3. Make your own separate written application to BMI for a license pursuant to the Section XIV of the BMI Consent Decree (an “Application”). If you choose to make an Application on your own, you may be required to appear before the BMI Rate Court, located in New York City, to prove that your station is not similarly situated to the universe of radio stations covered by the next BMI/RMLC agreement, and to give evidence as to the appropriate license fee for your station.

The RMLC has recently provided BMI with a list of stations that they represent. BMI will contact any radio stations that are NOT included on the RMLC’s list to advise them on the above-mentioned licensing options. Please be advised that failure to follow one of these options may result in your station performing copyrighted musical compositions in the BMI repertoire without the necessary license permission, subjecting your station to infringement risk.

For more information regarding the BMI 2017 Radio License Extension Agreement, please email your BMI representative at

Electronic Music Reporting (EMR)