Earlier this year, BMI launched an exciting new venture aimed at providing performance royalites for songwriters who submit their live performances and set lists. This new service will enable songwriters to input up to six months of performance data to be considered for payment. Songwriters can upload their tour information at their convenience for concerts from the previous six months and receive these royalty payments quarterly. Headliners and opening acts may input tour information, and the program is open to all BMI members and affiliates.
Recently, BMI added a mobile version for BMI Live which allows songwriters to upload concert data directly from their smart-phones. BMI President and CEO Del Bryant explained how this new mobile version will help songwriters that find themselves constantly touring or traveling:
"Many of our songwriters are constantly on the go and rely heavily on their mobile devices to conduct their business affairs. 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 users, the BMI Mobile App can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store (keyword: bmi mobile).
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