BMI knows that our culture is dependent on the creation of intellectual property, specifically, the creation of music. Without copyright protection, songwriters would lose their exclusive performing right, allowing anyone to use their music freely and without payment. That means that most songwriters would not be able to continue their craft, and we would not have the impressive musical culture we have and continue to build.
BMI’s award-winning repertoire includes more than 8.5 million musical works created by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. As the global leader in music rights management, BMI advocates for your rights and licenses your music to more than 650,000 businesses
BMI was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.
BMI’s role is international in scope. The songwriters, composers and publishers we represent include individuals from the more than 90 foreign performing rights organizations with which BMI has reciprocal agreements.
Music creation takes time and practice. BMI represents performance rights while Songwriters, Composers and Music Publishers focus on their craft.