Register with a PRO: USA

(for USA citizens)

So you’re a USA-based writer,

and you’ve never been affiliated with a PRO?


Here are our detailed guidelines to help you!

1. Go to:  www.bmi.com/join

2.  Click “I am a Songwriter/Composer.”

3.  Follow the steps & enter all information required. IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

– You will need your Social Security Number and date of birth on hand.

– You MUST use your full legal name to register NOT your artist name.  When the form asks for your artist monikers, indicate your name(s) there.

– Remember that the address you include on this form will be the address your paychecks get sent to.

– If you end up reading the entire contract, don’t worry. It looks long and complicated but it’s not!  Don’t get concerned with the legal language either. This is a standard contract that all professional songwriters sign at some point in their careers.

4.  Once you finish, a few days later, you will receive your official confirmation of membership by email.  Within the confirmation email, BMI will give you your own unique songwriter identification number, called a CAE/IPI number

5.  You MUST update your Symphonic Publishing Portal Account with your CAE#.  Login to your account at www.symphonicms.com, click “Profile” at the top, click “Account Details,” click “Edit Account,” enter your CAE# in the space provided, and click “Save.”  

ALL DONE!