Music Licensing for Television

Music is a key component in any successful series or film. From movies such as Star Wars and Forrest Gump to shows such as Law and Order SVU and The Simpsons, BMI represents the best creative minds when a series or film calls for sound in a visual medium. Whether it’s the opening theme that draws you in or the background music that keeps your emotions peaked, BMI composers deliver the best music in TV, film and streaming services.


December 18, 2017

Please be advised that the term of BMI’s 2005-17 blanket and per program license agreements for local television stations is expiring on December 31, 2017. BMI and the Television Music License Committee (the “TVMLC”) are currently negotiating for new final rates and terms for the performance of BMI musical works by commercial television stations for the new license period commencing January 1, 2018. If you are a member of the TVMLC and/or have authorized the TVMLC to represent you in such negotiations, your station(s) will be licensed by BMI on an interim fee basis starting January 1, 2018, pending the outcome of final fee negotiations or until the rate court issues an order setting such final rates and terms. Interim fees will be adjusted retroactively to January 1, 2018. For those stations that are not members but who nevertheless want to be included in the BMI TVMLC negotiations, BMI has mailed out extension agreements that license the stations on an interim basis. Please sign the extension agreement and mail it back to BMI so it is received by January 1, 2018.

OVERVIEW OF INTERIM LICENSE AGREEMENTS. The BMI-14 Licenses will continue to establish the fees your station pays, as follows:

The fee and terms of the Local Television Stations’ interim per program licenses in effect for 2017 shall apply for 2018, including a new allocation of the blanket license fee for stations subject to the BMI TVMLC license negotiations.