March 7, 2012

BMI Live Pays Performing Songwriters for Gigs

Play Live, Get Paid

Press Release

AUSTIN, TX, March 6, 2012 – As thousands of bands flock to Austin for the annual South by Southwest music festival next week, performing right organization BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) urges all BMI-registered artists to go to”> and sign up for BMI Live.

Now in its second year, BMI Live pays royalties to songwriters for live performances in bars, clubs, restaurants and other music venues.  Since its launch, the groundbreaking program has distributed tens of thousands of dollars to BMI writers. In the coming year, BMI hopes to significantly increase royalty distribution and participation.

“When songwriters perform their songs in a venue, it is a public performance that is eligible for performance royalties,” said Mike O’Neill, BMI Senior Vice President of Repertoire and Licensing. “BMI Live was developed to ensure these songwriters receive the payments that are rightfully theirs.”

An innovative tool to increase royalty distribution to artists who perform their own original work, BMI Live utilizes digital and mobile technology to pay songwriters at all levels. For participating artists who face the tough, and at times hand-to-mouth, day-to-day realities of touring bands and performing songwriters, BMI Live has provided welcome additional income.

“The bands and solo performers playing in Austin next week are some of the hardest working and most promising new songwriters in the world,” said O’Neill. “The financial support offered by BMI Live could help them continue to develop their craft and their careers. In turn, their participation and feedback will help us grow and improve BMI Live.”

To sign up for BMI Live, songwriters should log into the BMI Live section of and register their set lists, with the date and venue where they performed. They will then be eligible for quarterly royalty payments for the public performance of their original songs and compositions. For Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users, BMI Live can be accessed from the BMI Mobile app, while Android users will find BMI Live on the BMI Mobile website. BMI Live’s mobile platforms offer all the same services that are available online via laptop and desktop computers.

Songwriters who have not yet affiliated with BMI should first go to  to register their songs with BMI. In keeping with its longstanding open door policy, there is no charge to affiliate or register songs with BMI, and all songwriters are welcome and encouraged to join.

For more information on BMI Live, visit

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in rights management, is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 500,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 7.5 million musical works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for more than 70 years. The company provides licenses for businesses that perform music, and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents. Find out more at, follow @BMI on Twitter and stay connected through Facebook.


Kay Clary, BMI
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Ari Surdoval, BMI
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