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Music Licensing for Fitness & Health Clubs

BMI Makes It Simple to License Music in Fitness & Health Clubs!


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Music Matters in Fitness Facilities

Music and working out go hand-in-hand. According to a study by BMI and Leger, The Research Intelligence Group, nearly 90% of gym-goers feel more energized, more focused on working out, and more likely to extend gym sessions when their favorite tunes are playing.1 So whether you're streaming music during group fitness classes, or it's coming through the equipment used at the gym, or have TVs in your lobby, lounge area, locker or dressing rooms, permission must be granted from the copyright owner. It's how songwriters and composers are paid, and this is where BMI can help.

The BMI music license for Fitness Facilities gives your businesses access to over 22.4 million musical works created and owned by more than 1.4 million songwriters, composers and music publishers.

BMI’s Music License Saves You Time & Money

  • SAVE TIME & MONEY A BMI license saves you the time and expense of contacting each songwriter or composer for permission to play their music publicly.
    • 5% Timely Payment Discount For returning your payment in full within 30 days.
    • Pay your invoice securely and easily online or by phone.
    • Manage all your locations from one account.

Don't leave additional savings on the table.
License all of your locations from one central BMI account to take advantage of these extra discounts:

Number of Licensed Locations
Discount Amount

Check out these common questions from BMI customers like you.

Your annual BMI music license fee is based on the total number of members and whether you have group fitness classes, only use ambient background music or only use radio or television. The minimum annual fee for each club is less than a dollar a day.

No. Although some companies claim to provide copyright clearance, this does not apply in the U.S. You must have a BMI license to publicly perform BMI music from digital track lists that you purchase, even those specifically designed for fitness club use. In addition, any music that may be generated by certain types of equipment such as treadmills, stationary bikes, etc. must be licensed by you through a BMI license as those companies have not secured licensing for the music they provide.

Yes. A music license with another performing right organization allows you to perform only copyrighted music represented by that organization. It does not cover public performances of the award-winning music licensed by BMI. This is because each songwriter or composer may belong to only one performing right organization at any given time, so each PRO licenses a unique repertoire of music. For a look at 100% BMI works, go to bmi.com/songview.

Services like Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and TV/Film streaming services are for personal use and do not include rights for any re-broadcast or public performance. While certain streaming services and TV/Cable providers may be sold as “commercial services,” they still typically do not include rights for public performance. In addition, commercial music services, which are licensed with BMI, provide BMI music for background use only - in your locker or dressing rooms, open gym, lounge, or lobby area. Once you use music to accompany aerobics or other instructional classes, your performance of music falls outside the scope of coverage afforded by your CMS agreement.

Since it’s your business or organization that’s benefiting by the performance of music, you are responsible for ensuring that your fitness club is properly licensed. This responsibility cannot be passed on to anyone else even if the instructors hired are independent contractors.

Yes, but those agreements do not authorize the performance of TV, cable and radio to the public by businesses and other organizations. However, there are certain exemptions provided by copyright law, including the size of your establishment, how many TVs you have in each room, their screen size, how many speakers you have and if you charge a cover charge. Contact a BMI Representative to learn if these uses need to be licensed for your business.

Even though headphones are used, this would still be considered a public performance of music as this music is being made available for use for the members by the fitness club.

Video conferencing technologies like Zoom, Skype, and Teams generally do not have a blanket license with BMI and require the user to obtain any rights needed. A BMI music license ensures that independent instructors who are not affiliated with a specific club/studio have the proper digital license to cover the music played during their online classes from BMI’s repertoire of over 22.4 million musical works. Since there are various online platforms that are utilized, BMI works closely with each individual to help secure the most appropriate music license needed. If you have questions, it is best to contact a BMI customer relations representative directly by phone (800) 925-8451.

If a personal trainer is creating digital content used by an online fitness service, the online fitness service would typically have to obtain a license from BMI.

If an instructor is hosting a virtual class through online platforms, the public performance of BMI music may already be covered through licensing agreements between the online platforms and BMI. In that case, additional licensing by BMI would not be required. However, it is important to note that BMI only licenses the public performance of a musical composition. There are other music rights that may be implicated by the intended use and require additional licenses. Any additional licenses such as sync or mechanical would need to be cleared through the record label or publisher(s) of the musical works used in the online dance classes.

Typically, your BMI fitness license only covers the physical premise, and does not include digital rights. However, BMI has been working with business owners throughout the pandemic to ensure they can operate their traditional brick-and-mortar businesses online. To see if your fitness facility qualifies for a BMI Digital License extension, please contact BMI at (888) 689-5264.

1A survey of 2,244 Americans was completed online between May 17-24, 2016. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-2.1%, 19 times out of 20.