The live classical concert season runs from September 1 through August 31 annually. Royalty distribution occurs during the summer of the following year. For instance, the 2021-2022 live classical distribution for performances between September 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022 will be paid in August 2023.
Payments are made quarterly for radio and television broadcasts. The quarterly statements are issued about 6 months after the conclusion of a quarter and no statement is sent if there are no earnings during that period. For further information about these payments, please check here.
Payments for international performances (outside the U.S.) are made by BMI on a quarterly basis. These statements reflect the sums received by BMI from foreign societies in the six month period prior to payment. In general, payments may take 2 to 4 years from the date of performance or date of performance claim. Each statement is accompanied by a list of societies reporting, the periods for which they are reporting, and what types of performances are included.
To affiliate with BMI as a classical composer, please send a copy of your resume and a list of works with information on performances and venues to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Born in 1929, BMI composer George Crumb helped shape the 20th century American avant garde musical landscape. Spiral Galaxy is the 12th and final movement from Volume 1 of Crumb’s Makrokosmos for amplified piano. Composed in 1972, Crumb employs non-traditional musical effects such as plucking and scraping strings inside the piano.