Music in the United States
BMI is an
American performing rights organization that represents approximately
300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all
genres of music. The non-profit-making company, founded in
1940, 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.
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.
includes such legendary creators as John Lennon, Chuck Berry,
Dave Brubeck, David Bowie (PRS), Milton Babbitt, Willie Nelson,
The Eagles, Thelonious Monk, Carlos Santana, Sir Elton John
(PRS), The Neville Brothers, The Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin,
Waylon Jennings, Charles Ives, The Who, John Kander & Fred
Ebb, Leadbelly, Eric Clapton (PRS), John Williams, The Bee
Gees, B.B. King and Antonio Carlos Jobim, to name just a few.
BMI honor roll also includes Janet Jackson, Michael Kamen,
Faith Hill, Sting (PRS), John Adams, Joshua Redman, Jennifer
Lopez, Ja Rule, Sheryl Crow, 'N Sync, Mike Post, Britney Spears,
Eminem, Mariah Carey, David Yazbek, Bob Israel, Kid Rock, Elvis
Crespo, Oasis (PRS), Sarah McLachlan, Steve Reich, Thomas Newman,
Faith Evans, Evanescence, Snuffy Walden, William Bolcom, Shakira,
and Snoop Dogg, to highlight just a handful.
BMI was founded
in order to open the door to performing rights representation
for songwriters and composers and to provide the business and
broadcast communities with a music catalog of unique and lasting
value. We continue our commitments to both the creators of
music and those who bring it to the ears of the public.
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