BMI was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. BMI is currently the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and continues to nurture new talent and new music.

What We Do

BMI is the bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly. As a global leader in music rights management, BMI serves as an advocate for the value of music, representing over 20.6 million musical works created and owned by more than 1.3 million songwriters, composers and music publishers.

Our Role

BMI supports its songwriters, composers and publishers by taking care of an important aspect of their careers – getting paid. BMI supports businesses and organizations that play music publicly by offering blanket music licenses that permit them to play over 20.6 million musical works. Both relationships save each time and money.

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"It seems like BMI gets behind your career more, it's more of a family feeling."

Shawn K. Clement, BMI Songwriter


BMI’s executive team consists of experts in the fields of music career development, technology, finance, licensing, new media, corporate strategy & copyright law.

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BMI Services

BMI has the ability to power music establishments, restaurants, live concerts, fitness clubs and other music users with the most popular music in all genres. We also have an enduring commitment to innovation that brings our copyright owners and licensees new technologies to manage their music and their music use.

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The International Marketplace

BMI’s role is international in scope. The songwriters, composers and publishers we represent include individuals from the more than 90 performing rights organizations around the world and their works represent a significant percentage of BMI’s overall revenues.

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Working at BMI

Our inclusive culture
makes us stronger

Inclusion at BMI

What sets us apart
and holds us together

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Since its founding in 1939, BMI’s goal has been to respect, nurture and represent songwriters so that their music can be heard. BMI has always supported the relationship between art and commerce and continues to help aspiring songwriters through workshops, showcases and our website while offering diverse award-winning content to our licensees.

Over 80 Years of Creative Progress

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10 Music Square East
Nashville, TN 37203-4399
(615) 401-2000

New York
7 World Trade Center
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New York, NY 10007-0030
(212) 220-3000

Los Angeles
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Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 659-9109

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London NW1 5HN, United Kingdom
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Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 261-5151

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Austin, TX 78704
(512) 350-2033

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