Music Licensing Discount To Benefit Craft Brewers Nationwide

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BMI has partnered with the BA for first ever initiative.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global leader in rights management, has announced a new partnership with the Brewers Association (BA) on a music licensing discount program to benefit all BA voting members. This initiative, developed in response to the rapidly expanding craft brewery community within the food and beverage industry, marks the first time BMI has offered a discount program to any brewery association.


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“Music enhances the overall customer experience, so access to music is essential for all businesses. However, for small businesses, this can be expensive,” said Paul Gatza, Director, Brewers Association. “We are thrilled to partner with BMI and provide our members with discounted music licensing fees that will enable them to enrich their breweries and heighten the experiences of their patrons.”

With the new discount program, BA members are now offered up to 10 percent off their BMI music licensing fees. When combined with the 10 percent timely payment discount already included in the Eating & Drinking establishment (EDE) license, BA members can save up to 20 percent, making it even easier for brewery owners to comply with copyright law and compensate the creators of music enjoyed by all.

“Like small and independent craft breweries across the country, most of BMI’s affiliated songwriters can be viewed as small business owners who depend on the royalty payments they receive from BMI to make a living,” said Mike Steinberg, BMI’s Executive Vice President, Creative & Licensing. “We’re proud to partner with the Brewers Association in the rollout of this discount program.”

BMI acts as a bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly. The performing rights organization operates on a non-profit-making basis and licenses approximately 12 million musical works from its more than 750,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. Dating back to 2000, BMI has partnered with over 63 trade associations in the hospitality industry in educating businesses about music licensing.


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For more information on the BMI/BA music licensing discount program, please contact a BMI customer service representative at 800-925-8451 or visit http://bmi.com/ede.

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSM, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, AHA National Homebrewers Conference, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

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