BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) is one of four U.S. based music performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP, SESAC, and Global Music Rights. 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 collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed; songwriters create music in many genres, ranging from mainstream pop and country to death metal and hip hop. BMI’s repertoire includes over 900,000 songwriters and 14 million compositions.1. BMI was founded by the National Association of Broadcasters to provide a lower-cost alternative to ASCAP.

In March, 2019, BMI announced their first new local office in over twenty years, in Austin, TX. The office will be led by Texas native Mitch Ballard, Senior Director, BMI, Austin under the direction of Jody Williams, VP, Creative, Nashville and Mason Hunter, AVP, Creative, Nashville.2


  1. About BMI↩︎
  2. BMI Celebrates Opening of Austin Office with Texas Governor Greg Abbott↩︎
Last updated byAnonymous on March 10, 2020
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