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How does BMI split royalties between songwriters/composers and publishers?

Can BMI get my songs on the radio?

Will BMI help me get signed to a record label or get me a publishing deal?

Will joining BMI get me a record deal?

What do I do if my song is being played on radio, TV or the Internet?

Do I need to inform BMI when my songs are played on the radio?

How do I register my songs/works with BMI?

How much does it cost to register my songs with BMI?

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

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

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

What is an IPI/CAE number?

What are the different types of copyright?

Is it necessary to copyright my songs?

Do I need to re-copyright new versions of my old songs?

Is registering my music with BMI an alternative to copyright registration?

How long does it take for an Online Work Registration to be processed?

Can BMI exploit my music overseas?

What is a Cue Sheet?

I arranged a public domain classical work. How should it be registered?

How should I register instrumental tracks (using orchestral instruments) that I wrote for an album?

I have a new instrumentation for a work I already registered. Must I register it as a separate work?

I self-publish all my works. How can I add my publishing company to my work registrations?

I used text found on the Internet in my composition, but can’t find who wrote it. Can I register?

I have added a movement to an existing work. How do I register the new material?

My publisher doesn’t have a BMI affiliation. How should I register the work?

The work titles in my BMI catalog have no punctuation. Why is that?

I arranged a Public Domain classical work. Will I get paid for its performance?

Does BMI pay performance royalties on remixes?

How does BMI handle a Work for Hire?

How do I update a registered work?

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