- Article Post Date: Monday 29.03.2010
BMI is an American performing rights organisation that represents approximately 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music. The non-profit-making company, founded in 1939, collects license fees on behalf of those American creators it represents, as well as thousands of creators from around the world who chose BMI for representation in the United States. The license fees BMI collects for the "public performances" of its repertoire of approximately 4.5 million compositions - including radio airplay, broadcast and cable television carriage, Internet and live and recorded performances by all other users of music - are then distributed as royalties to the writers, composers and copyright holders it represents.
BMI's roster of affiliated songwriters and composers is unsurpassed and includes outstanding creators in every style of musical composition: from pop songwriters to film and television composers; from classical composers to commercial jingle writers; from library music to musical theater composers; from jazz to hip-hop; from metal to meringue; classical to classic soul; from rock to reggae, and all the categories in between.
BMI works in tandem with the UK's local performing rights organisation PRS (and indeed all of the local organisations throughout Europe) in helping to support and promote the work of thousands of songwriters and their publishers.
The UK plays a very important role in defining what music will be successful around the world and of course also provides some incredibly talented writers and artists that are successful on that world stage.
BMI represents many of them, including: Pete Townshend of The Who, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Sting as well as Kate Bush who are just some of the diverse UK talents that have chosen BMI as their performing rights partner in the US.
Today's new names such as Keane, James Blunt, Kasabian, KT Tunstall, Snow Patrol, The Streets, Joss Stone and Jamie Cullum have chosen BMI as their performing rights representative.
BMI plays its part in helping to develop rising new talent by regularly organising showcases - with key music industry partners and at major industry events - as well as organising co-writing sessions for songwriters.
Our informative website and ground-breaking ventures such as new music podcasts add to the many ways that BMI continually works for its writers and publishers to help spread the word around the world.'
BMI supported City Showcase 2003, 2004 and 2005