The General Website Music Performance Agreement typically applies to a commercial entity that has the potential to generate revenues from operating a website or mobile application but is not considered a Music Service, as defined under the Music Service tab. Some possible sources of revenue may be non-music related subscription fees, E-commerce, advertising, or sponsorships.
The Corporate Image Performance Agreement applies if the primary function of your website and/or mobile application is to promote your business or corporate brand, or generate little or no direct revenue. The Corporate Image License has a rate based on traffic to pages on your website.
The Promotional Music Clips agreement applies to services that play only a portion, or samples, of songs (not full song performances) in order to promote the sale of recordings, and/or the related artists, or as used in movie trailers.
The Non-Commercial Performance Agreement is offered to any bona fide 501(C)(3) Not-For-Profit Organizations, churches, schools, or other related charitable organizations, but are not considered a Music Service as defined under the Music Service tab. The Non-Commercial License has a rate based on traffic to pages on your website to cover the performance of BMI music on the service. Churches can click here for more information on digital licensing.
The Music Services License is offered to websites, mobile applications, or services (or subsections thereof), whose central focus is the transmission of audio and/or audio-visual material comprising predominantly feature uses of music (e.g., music-formatted radio, on-demand transmissions of music recordings or music videos, live concerts), as opposed to programming with background or incidental and/or occasional feature uses of music (e.g., news/talk radio, situational comedies, feature films).
The Audio Visual Services License applies to websites and applications that offer pure play audio-visual programming and generate (or have the potential to generate) revenues. There are many variations of audio-visual programming including, but not limited to; Television, Film, Documentaries, Fitness Services, Music Education/Instruction, Gaming, Sports/News/Talk, and Social-Based apps. BMI has licenses to cover performance licensing for all types of audio-visual services.
If you have not found a license format that applies to your service or you are unsure what license may apply, please click on the “Get Started” button below and provide us with some information about your service. We will review and let you know what BMI music performance license is needed, if any.
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A "performing right" is granted by the U.S. Copyright Act to owners of musical works to license those works for public performance. Businesses which typically license music include websites, mobile applications, online radio, broadcast radio and TV stations, and brick-and-mortar establishments such as nightclubs, hotels and retail stores that use music in an effort to enhance their business.Learn More
The exclusive right of the copyright owner, granted by the U.S. Copyright Law, to authorize the performance or transmission of the work in public.Learn More