To BMI Songwriters, Composers, and Publishers: Our Royalty Policy Manual (or RPM) has been designed to compile in a convenient, easy-to-read format most of the information you want to know about the method by which your BMI royalties are calculated and distributed.
We trust that you will find it useful and informative.
Should you at any time have any questions about the information contained in this handbook, or need clarification, do not hesitate to contact your local BMI Writer/Publisher Relations office for assistance.
Separate registrations need not be supplied to BMI for individual music cues (dramatic underscore) used in audio-visual programs.
These will be automatically registered when the cue sheet is received and processed by BMI.
You agree to notify BMI promptly if there are any errors or omissions contained in the registration information for your works or if the information, as it is set forth on the website, is in any way inaccurate.
A registration received from any songwriter, composer or publisher of a work will suffice to credit all participants.
In order for BMI to make payment on time for the public performance of your music, it is imperative that all registrations (both songs and cue sheets) be received as close to the performance date as possible.
BMI enters work registrations into its databases from one of two sources, (1) a BMI song registration form (formerly known as a clearance form) provided either electronically or on paper, or (2) a cue sheet which details all music written specifically for a film or television show, or other audio-visual work, typically prepared by the production company.
All songs must be submitted to BMI via a BMI registration form in order to receive credit for certain types of performances (e.g., all radio, commercial music services, commercial jingles and promotional announcements, live pop and classical concerts and Internet).
If the publisher submits a registration, the writer does not have to submit one as well, and vice-versa.
However, we strongly encourage each co-publisher of a work to submit its own song registration form in order to assure that the work is entered into the publisher’s correct BMI account.