March 29, 2019

BMI and the Montana Tavern Association Partner on New Music Licensing Discount Program

Press Release

NEW YORK, NY- March 29, 2019 – BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), a global leader in music rights management, is pleased to announce its new partnership with The Montana Tavern Association (MTA) to develop a music licensing discount program for the association’s membership. This initiative will help those in the hospitality industry comply with copyright law, while ensuring that BMI’s affiliated songwriters, composers and publishers are compensated for the use of their musical works.

With the new discount program, MTA members are offered up to 10 percent off their BMI music licensing fees.  When combined with the 10 percent timely payment discount already included in BMI’s Eating & Drinking Establishment (EDE) license, up to 20 percent can be saved. 

“This is another example of why it’s so important for Montana taverns to belong to the MTA,” explained Chad Bachmeier, Chair of MTA’s Membership Committee. “The organization looks out for our interests and is in tune with the needs of our industry. This is an opportunity to save some real money with this discount from BMI and, for a small business, that’s critical.”

“The majority of BMI’s affiliated songwriters can be viewed as small business owners, just like most restaurants and bars,” said Jessica Frost, BMI’s Executive Director, Industry Relations.  “Our songwriters depend on the royalty payments they receive from BMI to make a living, and this partnership with the MTA will help to ensure the continuation of great music at bars and taverns throughout Montana.”  

BMI acts as a bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly. The performing rights organization operates on a non-profit basis and licenses approximately 14 million musical works from its more than 900,000 affiliated songwriters, composers and music publishers.  Dating back to 2000, BMI has partnered with more than 60 trade associations in the hospitality industry to streamline the music licensing process. 

For more information on the BMI/The Montana Tavern Association music licensing discount program, please contact Margaret Herriges at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or BMI customer service at 800-925-8451/ .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You can also visit

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About Montana Tavern Association:
The Montana Tavern Association is a trade association for retail beverage license holders. Founded in 1937, the MTA serves the mission to enhance and protect the hospitality industry.

BMI Media Contact:
Jodie Thomas
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The Montana Tavern Association
Margaret Herriges, CAE, IOM, Executive Director
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