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Creators FAQ

Q: How do I copyright my song and/or collection of my songs?

Q: A distribution check was issued to my account but I still have not received it. What can I do?

Q: How do I register my songs/works with BMI?

Q: Does BMI need an audio file or copy of the lyrics of my song?

Q: What is an IPI/CAE number?

Q: How do I change my mailing address or email address?

Q: How do I log in to my Online Services account and what is my password?

Q: Is the direct deposit payment method available to non US- residents?

Q: How do I get a copy of my BMI contract?

Q: How do I make changes to a work that is already registered with BMI?

Q: I got a letter from BMI about uncashed checks, what do I do?

Q: Why haven’t I received any royalties?

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We Value Music

BMI knows that our culture is dependent on the creation of intellectual property, specifically, the creation of music. Without copyright protection, songwriters would lose their exclusive performing right, allowing anyone to use their music freely and without payment. That means that most songwriters would not be able to continue their craft, and we would not have the impressive musical culture we have and continue to build.

BMI’s award-winning repertoire includes over 22.4 million musical works created by more than 1.4 million songwriters, composers and music publishers. As the global leader in music rights management, BMI advocates for your rights and licenses your music to more than 650,000 businesses.


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BMI is dedicated to nurturing and maintaining relationships with music creators. We offer workshops and showcases for emerging talent and BMI awards for songwriters and publishers whose public performances are extensive. Songwriters, publishers and composers can simply click the button below, allowing BMI to represent your music. More information on BMI can be found in our FAQ section.