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    alicehive
    Participant

    I’m considering signing up for BMI. Can this have any disadvantages for me? Am I still allowed to publish my own music?

    #7390 Reply
    Art Munson
    Keymaster

    I’m considering signing up for BMI. Can this have any disadvantages for me? Am I still allowed to publish my own music?

    From my point of view no. But some say RF sales might be better with no PRO affiliation.

    PROs have no impact on your publishing rights.

    #7504 Reply
    alicehive
    Participant

    Thank you for your answer, Art!

    Do I have to pay for my own music when I publish it? (with the German PRO GEMA it is like that)

    #7505 Reply
    Art Munson
    Keymaster

    Do I have to pay for my own music when I publish it?

    Sorry but I do not understand that question.

    #7529 Reply
    alicehive
    Participant

    For example: Is it possible to give away your songs for free if you’re member of BMI/ASCAP (given that those songs are not registered with them)?

    With the German PRO GEMA you would have to pay royalities for selling/publishing (for example as a music stream) your own music on your own website. (thus it’s not possible to offer something for free).

    #7533 Reply
    Art Munson
    Keymaster

    I don’t believe that is an issue with BMI/ASCAP.

    #7542 Reply
    alicehive
    Participant

    Ah yes, now I see that I was confusing mechanical royalties with performance royalties. 🙂

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