BMI’s primary goal is to ensure that our writers, composers and publishers are properly compensated for the public use of their music. This objective requires a multifaceted approach that involves educating about public policy and partnerships.
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RMLC Continues Effort to Deny Songwriters Fair Compensation and Files Appeal
In a decision that ends decades of below-market rates for songwriters, composers and publishers in the live concert industry, the Honorable Louis L. Stanton of the Southern District of New York today issued a decision in favor of BMI in its rate court dispute with Live Nation, AEG and the North American Concert Promoters Association (NACPA). As a result, BMI affiliates will receive a rate that is 138% higher than the…
Today, BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill announced exciting and transformational news about the future of the company. Below is a note that was sent to BMI affiliates describing the company’s decision to change its business model from operating on a not-for-profit making basis to for-profit, and the benefits to our affiliates as a result. Greetings, I’m writing today with some exciting and transformational news about the future of BMI. …
With the movement for racial justice and equality sweeping the country, BMI songwriters are picking up their pens and calling for much-needed change through their music. Issues of social justice, racial equity, tolerance and beyond are being highlighted in powerful songs that are shining a light on what’s happening and resonating with listeners. This builds on the long tradition of music driving social change, from classic songs like “A Change is…
BMI’s open-door policy means more than just supporting different genres of music. It means giving everyone the chance to use their unique voice and join together with others to be heard and create change. At this point in our history, that openness is crucial to share ideas, learn how to connect and take actions that matter to fight social injustice, racism and inequality. Important first steps include knowing how to help,…
Today, President Biden signed the sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package called the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, offering support to many individuals economically impacted by the pandemic, including music creators, copyright owners, and other small businesses. This vital legislation includes the following provisions that can help the creative community: Direct Payments: The American Rescue Plan provides a $1,400 payment to supplement the $600 already provided in December. Individuals…
Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it would conduct a review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees to determine if they still served their intended purpose. Today, the DOJ has formally closed its review and will take no action to modify or terminate the decrees but left open the possibility of changes in the future. While we were disappointed that no action was taken, we…
BMI President and CEO Addresses Congress on the Need for Change
“When BMI sent me my first royalty check it was for $4.69 … it meant everything. It meant I was a professional songwriter.” “In today’s music industry environment … the one thing keeping songwriters afloat is that performance royalty check.” “Aspects of the BMI consent decree have devalued the musical composition to the point where songwriters are being crushed.” “A legal framework that allows songs to be streamed for free will destroy the livelihood of the American songwriter if allowed to continue.” “My wife of 23 years says … ‘The only days I circle on my calendar every year are the four days your BMI check is coming.’”
Lee Thomas Miller
BMI Songwriter and Legislative Co-Chair of the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International
Foremost, BMI strives to educate the public about the need for copyright protection so that the creative ecosystem between art and commerce can continue. In doing this, BMI takes an active role in the public policy conversation on the development of intellectual property rights in the digital age, and partners with leading academic institutions by sending BMI experts as speakers on leading industry panels and seminars.
As a company serving music users ranging from the corner bar or restaurant to the largest of broadcast and digital media entities, BMI’s business activities touch on a number of issues of great interest to federal and state legislators. BMI works closely with members of Congress as they oversee copyright law and draft future legislation that will affect our affiliates. BMI also actively participates in international forums that seek to redefine global rights management mechanisms for the digital age.
BMI is a member of CISAC, the leading worldwide network of authors’ societies, to promote the interests of creators and provide the highest business standards that will protect their rights globally.
BMI is also a proud member of the Copyright Alliance and joined the call to increase support for the protection of intellectual property.
In collaboration with ASCAP and SOCAN, BMI has created MusicMark. With MusicMark publishers are able to submit a single registration file simultaneously to all three performing rights organizations (PROs), even if the work was co-written by members of different societies.
BMI carefully monitors legislative activity to serve as a voice for our songwriters, composers, and music publishers, wherever their interests may be implicated, to preserve the value of music.
Learn about the BMI PAC, a political action committee (PAC) that is a separate entity from Broadcast Music, Inc., which aims to support the modernization of U.S. copyright laws to reflect the many ways music can be experienced in the marketplace and ensure its creators’ compensation is protected for years to come.