BMI’s Involvement In The International Marketplace

The songwriters, composers and publishers BMI represents includes individuals from international performing rights organizations covering almost 200 countries around the globe with which BMI has reciprocal and unilateral agreements. Income generated by the use of our songwriters’ works in the international marketplace represents a significant percentage of BMI’s overall revenues.

International Flags

Creators, Songwriters and Composers

As a member of BMI, your performing rights are represented throughout most of the world by virtue of reciprocal arrangements with other international rights societies. When you register a work with BMI, the appropriate copyright information relevant to performing rights is posted on an international database. When a performance is logged overseas, the foreign rights organization is then able to identify your work.

For BMI Members

For Creators Who Live Outside the U.S.

Foreign PROs

BMI's International team works closely with sister societies around the globe to improve royalty distributions for BMI-represented songwriters and composers when their creative works are played internationally. These sister societies monitor and analyze performances of the BMI repertoire on radio, television and film in more than 200 countries outside of the United States thus promoting the global value of music and ensuring creators are accurately compensated wherever their music is played.

International Music Users FAQ

Q: I am an international user of music and I would like to secure a license for a BMI work.

Q: I am a user of music in the United States and I would like to secure a license for a foreign work.

Q: I am a user of music in the United States. However, I only use foreign music. Do I need a license?

Global Initiatives


BMI is a founding member of FastTrack, a global technical alliance established by 13 copyright societies in 12 different countries, now serving more than 120 societies with a global, decentralized network that allows its members to share data on copyright documentation for musical and audio/visual works, and to streamline internal operations. For more information, visit the FastTrack website.

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BMI plays a vital role in developing and expanding the global initiatives of CISAC (the International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies), a non-governmental, non-profit organization comprising some 200 societies in 98 countries. Worldwide, CISAC represents 2 million creators of works in the musical, dramatic, literary, and audio/visual arts and other fields of creative endeavor. Read More

International News

Contact BMI

For all international inquiries please contact:

BMI International Department
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007-0030

For specific questions on works catalog or royalties please contact:

BMI International Admin Department
10 Music Square East
Nashville, TN 37203-4399