1. BMI Application Forms
Download this form : BMI Foreign Writer Kit (click here to download)
Fill out the fields in the spaces highlighted in yellow.
Print, sign it by hand in the signature fields indicated, scan, and save to your computer.
NOTE: You MUST sign these forms by hand. BMI will not accept a digital signature.
2. BMI Tax Form (“W-8BEN”)
Download the form below. Follow the directions to fill it out. You can fill out the entire form digitally, except that you must sign the signature field by hand with a pen. You are filling this form out as the “beneficial owner” of your BMI royalties. You are the beneficial owner. If any questions, we recommend you check out www.irs.gov
Download this form : W-8BEN Form (click here to download)
3. Send full application materials to BMI.
Copy and paste the text below into the body of your email:
Dear BMI Writer Relations,
Attached to this email are my application materials for BMI affiliation as a foreign writer.
1) W8BEN form
2) 1 copy of application
3) 2 copies of signed contract
Please let me know if there are any issues with my application materials.
YOUR NAME HERE
Compile the BMI Application Kit & your W-8BEN tax form. Attach the two documents to the email.
Send the email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line:
“Foreign Writer Affiliation Application – Your Full Name.”
4. Approximately 24 hours later
BMI will send you a confirmation email of successful affiliation. The confirmation email includes a link to BMI Online Services. Follow the directions and set up your BMI online account username and password.
5. Obtain your CAE/IPI# and update your Symphonic Publishing Portal account.
Login to your BMI account, and find your account information.
Copy and paste the CAE/IPI number (NOT your BMI account number).
Login to your Symphonic Publishing Portal account. In the upper menu, click “Profile,” click “Account Details,” click “Edit Account,” paste your CAE number into the CAE number field, and click “Save” at the bottom.