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Apply for Your BMI Music License

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Examples: Bars & Restaurants, Local Government Entities (LGE), Fitness Clubs, Residential Communities, TV, Radio, Website, Mobile


Service Notice

Web services for BMI licensees will be undergoing scheduled maintenance Thursday, August 16th from 5:30 p.m. - Monday August 20th 0:00 a.m. CT.

During this period BMI customer licensees and potential licensees may not be able to access services that require login such as “Pay My Invoice”, “Manage Account”, “Renew Your License” and “Apply for License”.

BMI Offers a Variety of Music Licenses for Business

Why do I need a license?

You can’t play music publicly without one. Copyright laws require music users to get permission from songwriters and composers who can charge a fee before their music is played publicly, which then allows them to continue to create music. See our video.

How do I license?

Most music users apply for a license online. Search for your business above. If online licensing is not available for your business, you can download a license or call (888) 689-5264.


Learn about the Value of a BMI License

Licensing FAQ


Q: What is BMI?

Q: How does a business obtain a BMI License?

Q: What does a business really get with a BMI Music License?

Q: What happens to the fees that businesses pay and how much profit does BMI make?

Q: How does a business know if they’re playing BMI Music?

Q: Aren’t TV, cable, and radio stations already licensed with BMI?

Q: If musicians are playing live music, aren’t they responsible for public performance fees?

Q: Does a business need a BMI License if they only play original music?

Q: If a business has a license with another performing right organization, do they still need to license with BMI?

Q: What is a public performance of music and what is the “Performing Right”?

Q: Our business bought our own iPod, CDs, & gaming software. Isn’t this our property to play anywhere?

Q: What service does BMI provide to businesses?