Songwriters & Publishers Will See More Royalties With The Launch Of BMI Live
January 11, 2011 at 8:19 AM (PT)
BMI has launched BMI LIVE, a program enabling songwriters to register their concerts and set lists online to be considered for payment in live music venues, regardless of size.
To qualify, BMI performing songwriters need to enter their live musical performances on BMI’s website, www.bmi.com. BMI will pay royalties to both writers and publishers via direct deposit in its JUNE distribution for performances occurring from JULY 1st - DECEMBER 31st, 2010.
Concert performances eligible for the JUNE royalty distribution must be entered on www.bmi.com by MARCH 31st, 2011. The distribution from BMI LIVE will be made quarterly after this initial JUNE 2011 launch.
BMI SVP/Repertoire and Licensing MIKE O’NEILL says the program is designed to ensure that performing songwriters in all stages of their careers receive payment for concerts in settings of all sizes, from coffee shops to football stadiums.
“Small venues and clubs are the lifeblood for songwriters and bands,” said O’NEILL. “These venues support live, local music, as well as touring artists and are the cradle of tomorrow’s stars. We’re committed to helping songwriters get paid for their music in these venues, which provide a vital stage for their music.”
BMI LIVE is available online only and is an on-going program that allows songwriters to input up to six months of their performance data. Songwriters may input their tour information at their convenience for concerts from the previous six months and receive these royalty payments either quarterly or semi-annually. Both headliners and opening acts may input tour information, and the program is open to all BMI affiliates.