Is BMI my publisher?

BMI represents songwriters and publishers only. The songwriter creates and owns the composition of a song. The publisher acts on behalf of the songwriter, and they have the right to reproduce and distribute the recording (or any derivatives) of the song.

How do I get my BMI published?

As a publisher you will be required to register your songs with BMI. To register a song simply login to BMI Online Services and navigate to “Works Registration”. Alternatively you may register using a “Work Registration” form”available for download at

How much does it cost to publish with BMI?

Songwriters can join BMI for free, while individual publishers must pay $150 and publishing companies must pay $250. Membership with BMI comes with a number of benefits, including: Songwriting camps and workshops for musicians.

Is BMI publishing free?

Unlike some performing right organizations, joining BMI as a songwriter is free. There are no fees or annual dues of any kind for songwriters and composers.

Does an artist need a publisher?

So, essentially you only need a music publisher when you have written your own songs, you have got them copyrighted and are distributing them out to be used commercially. If you are still in the early stages in your music career a music publisher may not be necessary.

Is DistroKid and BMI the same?

This is a very important difference between the PROs and streaming distributors like DistroKid: while DistroKid distributes royalties based on the number of plays, BMI and ASCAP calculate their royalties based on the percentage of plays you got compared to everyone else.

Does BMI copyright your music?

Your composition is copyrighted automatically when the work is “created,” which the law defines as being “fixed” in a copy or a recording for the first time. The registration of your copyright is recommended, but not required. BMI does not copyright works for you.

Do you need a publishing company to self publish music?

Now, the previous two steps are easy enough to complete, and once you do, you can start earning the publisher’s share on top of the writer’s share. But be mindful ” if you self-publish your music, you don’t have a publishing company on your side, which is often integral to your success as a songwriter.

Do I need to register as a publisher?

If you plan to have multiple songwriter clients of your publishing company, and not just yourself, you will need to set up publishing affiliations with all the U.S. PROs, because in order to publish works by a songwriter registered with one of the U.S. PROs, you must have a publishing company registered with that PRO.

Who pays more BMI or ASCAP?

BMI is the largest PRO in the US, with free registration but fewer benefits than the others. It pays out slightly quicker than ASCAP at 5,5 months after the end of each quarter.

How much does BMI pay per performance?

BMI has a similar process”a “base fee” of 38 cents per student, plus other rates for college radio stations, etc. Organizations that host concerts (festivals, ensembles, etc.) also pay license fees.

Can I be a writer with BMI and a publisher with ASCAP?

You can’t cross register between ASCAP and BMI..if you’re a BMI writer you can open a BMI publishing account or possibly elect to have the publishing monies pass through to the writer’s account directly.

What percentage of royalties Do songwriters get?

This royalty is freely negotiated in the marketplace and is typically split 50% to the writers and 50% to the artist and record label.

Does BMI collect international royalties?

International royalties are distributed quarterly by BMI after the deduction of an administrative fee, which is currently 3.6%, but which is subject to change at any time.

How does BMI know when your song is played?

BMI uses a mix of station reporting and digital monitoring. They require every station to whom they issue a license to keep a log of the songs they play for a set period each year. Typically, every station reports its playlists for a three-day period.