Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mobile Version Of BMI Live Debuts; New Applications Help Songwriters Generate Live Performance Royalties

Based on its successful launch 90 days ago, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI®) has extended its program to generate performance data from live music venues with the rollout of a mobile version of BMI Live. The new service enables songwriters to upload concert-venue and set-list data directly from their smartphones into BMI's systems to be considered for royalty payments.

"Many of our songwriters are constantly on the go and rely heavily on their mobile devices to conduct their business affairs," said BMI President & CEO Del Bryant. "Being able to enter their tour information and set lists on a timely basis while they are on the road helps generate more accurate and timely data on live performances which could generate additional royalties for BMI writers and publishers."

BMI Live is now available to users of iPhones and Android devices. For Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users, the BMI Mobile App may be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store (keyword: bmi mobile). In addition, a special mobile version of the BMI.com website has been created to optimize display and function of the site for most mobile users.

Songwriters must have an active BMI Live account and must have signed up for direct deposit to utilize the new mobile-access opportunities

BMI Live allows songwriters to input up to six months of their performance data for venues of any size. Both headliners and opening acts may input tour information, and the program is open to all BMI affiliates. Since its launch just three months ago, thousands of BMI songwriters have registered for the service and logged hundreds of thousands of performances.

BMI Live continues BMI's tradition of technological innovation by offering its members the most accurate distribution of live musical performance royalties in the United States. BMI's leadership in technical innovation stretches from establishing the music industry's first website in 1994 to processing more than 92 billion music performances in 2010.

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI), a global leader in rights management, is an American performing right organization that represents more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for 70 years. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents. BMI songwriters and composers were the most celebrated creative voices in awards presentations and on the charts during the past year, accounting for almost two-thirds of the Grammy Awards and dominating other key awards and honors presentations across all genres of music.

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