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Broadcast Music, Inc.

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Broadcast Music, Inc.
Logo bmi.jpg
Founded 1939
Type Not-for-profit
Focus Music Sales
  • New York City, United States
Area served
Product Music
Method Sales
Key people
Michael O'Neill (President & CEO) [1]

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is one of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2015, BMI collected more than $1.013 billion in licensing fees and distributed $877 million in royalties.[2] BMI’s repertoire includes over 800,000 songwriters and 13 million compositions.

BMI songwriters create music in many genres, ranging from mainstream pop and country, to death metal and hip hop. BMI represents artists such as Selena, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Rihanna and Shakira and Ed Sheeran; bands as diverse as Maroon 5, Evanescence, Nickelback and Linkin Park; Sam Cooke, Willie Nelson, Fats Domino and Dolly Parton; as well as composers such as Harry Gregson-Williams, John Williams and Danny Elfman and musical songwriters Richard & Robert Sherman. BMI also represents Michael Jackson's music catalog, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which features the late artist's music as well as the largest repertoire of any catalog in history.[3]

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Okay. What is bmi? Broadcast music inc. This is for anyone who is an artist, singer, songwriter, beat maker, or that wants to be. Why? So you can start getting paid. Lets get that money to the bank. How? it is pretty easy the choice is bmi or ascap. A lot of people choose bmi because it is free. Ascap as of 2016 is $50 for a writer, $50 as a publisher. Today we will talk about writing. If yall want to do a little more info about bmi or ascap hit me and I will do another video but a lot of people do choose bmi because the fact it is free. So we will go ahead and choose bmi. So we will go ahead to First we have to join, hit join bmi. Two choices songwriter or publisher. You can see what you need for everything. You should know you are signing two year agreement as songwriter. Five years as publisher. For this hit join as songwriter. It's pretty easy put your basic information in there, name, contact information, location, hit continue. Next read contracts and agree. Hit continue and submit. BMI takes a couple days for them to accept your application. You should get an email in a couple days you can log on to register your songs to get paid. We will talk about it more in the next video. -h2o



In the 1930s, radio was coming to prominence as a source of musical entertainment that threatened to weaken record sales and opportunities for "live" acts. The Great Depression was already draining artist revenues from recordings and live performances. ASCAP, the pre-eminent royalty/licensing agency for more than two decades, required radio stations to subscribe to "blanket" licenses granting ASCAP a fixed percentage of each station's revenue, regardless of how much music the station played from ASCAP's repertoire. In 1939, ASCAP announced a substantial increase in the revenue share licensees would be required to pay. BMI was founded by the National Association of Broadcasters to provide a lower-cost alternative to ASCAP.[4] As such, BMI created competition in the field of performing rights, providing an alternative source of licensing for all music users.

The vast majority of U.S. radio stations and all three radio networks refused to renew their ASCAP licenses for 1941, choosing to forgo playing ASCAP music entirely and relying on the BMI repertoire. In February 1941, BMI and the Department of Justice entered into a consent decree, requiring certain changes to BMI's business model, including giving licensees the option of paying only for the music they actually use instead of buying a blanket license.[5] The U.S. District Court in Milwaukee was chosen by the Justice Department to supervise the decree for both BMI and ASCAP.[6]

Competing against the strongly established ASCAP, BMI sought out artists that ASCAP tended to overlook or ignore. BMI also purchased the rights to numerous catalogs held by independent publishers or whose ASCAP contracts were about to expire. To attract newer writers, BMI proposed to compensate songwriters and publishers on the basis of a fixed fee per performance, as opposed to ASCAP's two-tier system which discriminated against less-established songwriters. Thus, despite its original motivation regarding radio station royalties and its focus on radio station revenues vs artist revenues, BMI became the first performing rights organization in the United States to represent songwriters of blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel (black genres, performers, and writers that ASCAP did not want to represent), country, folk, Latin, and—ultimately—rock and roll. During the 1940s and 1950s, BMI was the primary licensing organization for Country artists and R&B artists, while ASCAP centered on more established Pop artists. Also during this time, BMI expanded its repertoire of classical music, and now represents the majority[7] of the members of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters and the winners of 31[8] Pulitzer Prizes for Music. In July 2017, BMI has renewed long-term partnership with C3 Presents, world's largest music festival producers.[9]


BMI issues licenses to users of music, including:

  • Television and radio stations and networks
  • New media, including the Internet and mobile technologies such as podcasts, ringtones, and ringbacks
  • Satellite audio services, such as XM and Sirius
  • Nightclubs, discos, hotels, bars, and restaurants
  • Symphony orchestras, concert bands, and classical chamber music ensembles
  • Digital jukeboxes
  • Live concerts

BMI tracks public performances for 10.5 million works, and collects and distributes licensing revenues for those performances as royalties to over 700,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers it represents.[10] BMI has offices in Atlanta, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, and Puerto Rico.


BMI annually hosts award shows that honor the songwriters, composers and music publishers of the year's most-performed songs in the BMI catalogue. BMI Award shows include the BMI Latin Awards, BMI Pop Awards, BMI Film/TV Awards, BMI Urban Awards, BMI London Awards, BMI Country Awards, BMI Christian Awards, and the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Luncheon.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "BMI CEO Michael O'Neill Adds Title of President". BMI. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "BMI Reports Record-Breaking Revenues of Over $1 Billion". BMI. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Michael Jackson". Billboard. 
  4. ^ Taishoff, Sol (September 15, 1939). "NAB Creates $1,500,000 Music Project". Broadcasting. 17 (6): 9. 
  5. ^ The dispute between ASCAP and the radio industry is the subject of major articles in every issue of Broadcasting from mid-1939 through early 1941. The text of the consent decree is published in the February 3, 1941, issue, beginning on page 22.
  6. ^ "Milwaukee Preferred: Waters Preference for Damm Led to Selection". Broadcasting. 20 (11): 40. March 24, 1941. 
  7. ^ "BMI Members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters". BMI. BMI. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "BMI Pulitzer Prize Winners". BMI. BMI. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "BMI and C3 Presents Sign Long-Term Partnership Agreement". Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  10. ^ "BMI Fast Facts" (PDF). BMI. 
  11. ^ BMI Awards - BMI website

Further reading

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