BMI today announced the launch of BMI TV Select(sm), an electronic music use reporting tool for the television industry. The new system, which streamlines the per-program reporting process for local TV stations, continues the performing rights organization's commitment to develop new technologies to better its services to its customers.
BMI TV Select, which operates similarly to the Electronic Music Report system available to radio stations, allows local television station personnel to report the use of BMI music in their programming directly to the music licensing organization. The password-protected application can be accessed through BMI's Web site from any computer 24 hours a day.
"Our goal is to make music use reporting easier for all our customers," said John Shaker, BMI Senior Vice President, Licensing, in making the announcement. "This effort is one more example of how BMI has used technology to yield greater efficiencies for our customers and our own operation."
BMI will use information supplied by TV Data to construct a pre-assembled programming grid for each station. After the station's programming information is entered or confirmed, BMI TV Select will instantly calculate the appropriate monthly per program fee for the use of the BMI music. The application will also inform the user of any errors before the submission is completed. The information can be sent to BMI on a daily, weekly or monthly basis allowing the users to create their own schedules and promote efficiency.
Those electing to use the electronic BMI TV Select will also be able to access BMI technology support via phone, email or fax for information or problem solving.