BMI Partners with the Brewers Association on New Discount Program

Music Licensing Discount to Benefit BA Members Nationwide

New York – August 16, 2017Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global leader in rights management, is proud to announce its 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 brewery community within the food and beverage industry, marks the first time BMI has offered a discount program to any brewery association.

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.

“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.”

“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.

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.

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About BMI

Celebrating over 76 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in nearly 12 million musical works created and owned by more than 750,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit www.bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.‘s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly and receive our e-newsletter every Monday to stay up to date on all things music.

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup℠Great American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food ExperienceHomebrew ConNational Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications™ is the largest publisher of brewing literature in the U.S.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.