Does BMI Collect Mechanical Royalties?

They do not, but here’s a rundown of how to get that handled.

Mechanical royalties earned from streams, downloads, and physical sales are not collected by Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) like BMI. Global mechanical royalties are handled by publishers. As your publishing administrator, Songtrust will register your songs with mechanical rights societies and digital sources to collect these royalties and pay them out to you. 

Mechanical royalties are also collected in the U.S. through The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC), a non-profit organization, founded as part of the Music Modernization Act, which issues blanket licenses and collects mechanical royalties from interactive streaming services in the U.S. like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Amazon Music. 

Here is a list of our mechanical royalty sources.

Ready to learn the truth about how your global royalties are tracked, collected, and paid out to you? Get a deep dive into pay sources, how publishers collect royalties, and why you need a publishing partner. 

For more on how mechanical royalties differ from performance royalties, check out our mini-crash course, our blog post breakdown or complete list of mechanical royalty sources.

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