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Music Licensing for Radio

BMI Makes It Simple to License Music for Radio

A BMI music license gives you copyright clearance to play over 18.7 million songs that BMI licenses.
Here’s how you can get started:

CALL

Call (800) 925-8451 to get
a license over the phone.

ONLINE FORM

Fill out our Online Form and a BMI Representative will get back to you with more information.


RMLC FAQs

If you have additional questions, please review our full list of Licensing FAQs or contact your BMI Customer Relations Representative at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (800) 925-8451.

A Blanket license is typically used by music intensive stations whereas a Per Program license is available for news, talk, sports stations as well as for stations only using limited or incidental music.

Yes, with a 45-day advanced notice to BMI. As long as your station is in compliance with the terms of the agreement, you can switch formats on a quarterly basis.

Licensing fees are based on a percentage of the station’s gross broadcast and new media revenues, subject to certain allowable deductions.

All stations are required to file an annual financial report by April 1st of each year with financial information from the previous calendar year. For Per Program licensed stations, a quarterly music report is also required.

The current license is in effect through December 31, 2021.

No, an additional license is not needed, your license fee also applies to revenues generated from the digital content.

With limited exception, businesses that re-broadcast your station would need a music license of their own. Review www.bmi.com for the various licenses we offer to other markets.

NRBMLC FAQs

If you have additional questions, please review our full list of Licensing FAQs or contact your BMI Customer Relations Representative at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (800) 925-8451.

Yes, BMI typically negotiates a license with the National Religious Broadcasters. Currently, the NRB and BMI are operating on an interim license basis.

A Blanket license is typically used by music intensive stations whereas a Per Program license is available for news, talk, sports stations as well as for stations only using limited or incidental music.

Yes, with a 30-day advanced notice to BMI. You can switch formats on a monthly basis.

Licensing fees are based on a percentage of the station’s gross broadcast and new media revenues, subject to certain allowable deductions.

All stations are required to file an Annual Financial Report by April 1st of each year with financial information from the previous calendar year. For Per Program licensed stations, a Quarterly Music Report is also required.

Currently, the NRB and BMI are operating on an interim license basis.

No, an additional license is not needed, your license fee also applies to revenues generated from the digital content.

If you are a current owner of a station affiliated with NRB, then you are eligible to license a new acquisition under the NRB agreement.

Non-Commercial LPFM & Part 15 FAQs

If you have additional questions, please review our full list of Licensing FAQs or contact your BMI Customer Relations Representative at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (800) 925-8451.

The fees are dependent upon whether the station is a non-commercial educational station. The rates for non-commercial and non-commercial educational stations are set by the US Copyright Office and can be found on this page below.

Stations that are part of a recognized, accredited educational institution qualify for the Non-Commercial Educational license rate which is based on student count. Stations that are not part of a recognized, accredited educational institution are licensed at the Non-Commercial Standard rate. The Standard rate is differentiated depending on whether it is a music intensive or talk station.

No, a separate Digital License with BMI would be needed. To access this information go to our digital licensing page.

BMI has an umbrella agreement with NPR affiliated stations. As a result, NPR stations do not need a direct license with BMI. Please check with your BMI representative if you believe you are covered under the NPR license.