How Is Registering A Song In My Songtrust Account Different From Registering One In My BMI Account?

There's a slight difference.

As you may have noticed, Songtrust operates on a 100% scale, while BMI operates on a 200% scale. BMI is allotting 100% for the writer's share, and 100% for the publisher's share.

Songtrust is only asking that you register the writer's share percentage, as a writer is automatically entitled to a publisher's share that is the same amount as their writer's share unless otherwise agreed upon by the writers. If your publisher's share is a different percentage than your writer's share, then please reach out to us over the chat box so that we can advise.

So, for example, let's say that I wrote a song by myself, and I am self-published, meaning that I do not have a publishing entity.

On BMI, I would register the song as Emily Mitchell - 200%. This is because I have full ownership of both the writer's and publisher's share.

For that same song, I would add it in my Songtrust account as Emily Mitchell - 100%. Songtrust would automatically recognize the publisher's share based on the writer's share.

So now, let's say that I had a publishing entity through BMI called "Emily Mitchell Publishing".

To register it on BMI, I would enter Emily Mitchell - 100% and Emily Mitchell Publishing - 100% in their respective writer/publisher fields.

On Songtrust, I would still register it as Emily Mitchell - 100%. This is why it is important to include your publishing entity in your Songtrust account. If you need help with that, please reach out to us over the chat box.

A good rule of thumb when entering BMI information into your Songtrust would be to cut everything in half if there is no publishing entity, and leave the percentage as is if there is one.

Once you have a Songtrust account, you should be entering your songs in your Songtrust account ONLY. We will then send these registrations to your PRO and other royalty collection societies.

If you need help with this, please let us know!