With the launch of Songview, ASCAP and BMI are working together to make copyright data more accessible and transparent for all of our partners.
For the first time ever, see a combined view of song data from the repertoires of the nation’s two largest performing rights organizations. Songview is a user-friendly, searchable data platform featuring copyright ownership information on over 20 million works that will continue to be updated as new song data becomes available. Songview not only shows BMI and ASCAP share splits, it also provides detail on the performing artists, alternate titles for songs, contact information for publishers and more.Go To Songview
HOW IT WORKS
This innovative new system ingests song ownership information from each PRO, processes and reconciles that information based on agreed-upon rules, and then sends the reconciled data back out to BMI and ASCAP’s public, searchable databases.
MORE DETAILED INFORMATION
With Songview technology integrated into the search tools, ASCAP and BMI are able to seamlessly display detailed, aggregated copyright ownership data for more than 20 million musical works in the combined repertoires, including a breakdown of shares by PRO.
MORE COMPLETE COPYRIGHT DATA
When you see the Songview checkmark next to a song, you know that the songwriters, publishers and ownership shares shown on the ASCAP and BMI websites are accurate, reliable and consistent between the two PROs.
Still have questions about Songview?
Check out our FAQs.
- Songwriters and publishers
- Aggregated share splits by society. You will see ASCAP and BMI shares, as well as shares designated as Other.
- Alternate song titles
- ISWC and IPI codes
- BMI Song IDs
- Contact information for BMI publishers
What works will be displayed when selecting the Songview button on the BMI site or the Songview tab on the ASCAP website?
Can a work have the Songview checkmark if it has writers or publishers controlled by a PRO other than ASCAP or BMI?
When a work has the Songview checkmark does that mean that ASCAP or BMI collect for all writers/publishers on that work?
The two most common reasons why a song may not immediately reconcile include:
- The total share percentage made available by ASCAP and BMI to Songview does not add up to 100% (or is not within the industry share tolerance of + or - .06%). This can happen either when copyright owners have not provided the required writer/publisher and share information to ASCAP or BMI, or when information that has been provided is in conflict.
- Songview is unable to reconcile a work because it is missing certain identifiers, such as IPIs and ISWCs, that help the societies match works across their respective databases.
Businesses that take out a BMI license can be assured that they are licensed for any interest included in our repertoire, whether that interest is listed in our database or not. Taking out a BMI license allows a business to rely on the rights afforded in our license agreement, should any issue arise regarding their use of works in which BMI has an interest.
Any business that chooses not to take a BMI license and refrains from performing BMI music can not be sued by BMI for infringement. Additionally, BMI will not sue an individual or business for infringement for the performance of music in which BMI has an interest, if, when that music is performed, it was not listed in our database.