Feb 20, 2018

NEW YORK — Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), a leader in music rights management, has announced its new partnership with Wine Institute to develop a music licensing discount program for the Institute’s membership of nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses. This initiative will help California winery owners comply with copyright law and ensure that BMI’s affiliated songwriters and composers are compensated for their musical works.

With the new discount program, Wine Institute members are 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, Wine Institute members can save up to 20 percent.

“Music enhances the overall guest experience, whether it’s a live performance outside in the vineyard or recorded music playing in a tasting room,” said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, President & CEO of Wine Institute. “We are delighted to partner with BMI to provide our members with discounted music licensing fees.”

“The majority of BMI’s affiliated songwriters can be viewed as small business owners, just like most wineries,” said Dan Spears, BMI’s Vice President, Industry Relations. “Our songwriters depend on the royalty payments they receive from BMI to make a living, and this partnership with Wine Institute will help to ensure the continuation of great music at wineries across California.”

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 basis and licenses approximately 13 million musical works from its more than 800,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. Dating back to 2000, BMI has partnered with over 65 trade associations in the hospitality industry to streamline the music licensing process.

For more information on the BMI/Wine Institute music licensing discount program, contact Ian Blue at Wine Institute at iblue@wineinstitute.org or BMI customer service at 800/925-8451 or visit https://www.bmi.com/licensing/entry/winery.

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About Wine Institute:
Established in 1934, Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy association of 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses that initiates and advocates legislative and regulatory public policy on the state, federal and international levels to enhance the environment to responsibly produce, promote and enjoy wine. Wine Institute supports the industry with international market development, media relations, sustainable winegrowing and education programs, and has a partnership with Visit California to showcase California’s wine and food offerings and the state as a top travel destination. Wine Institute membership represents 85 percent of U.S. wine production and 97 percent of U.S. wine exports. For more information visit www.wineinstitute.org.

ABOUT BMI:
Celebrating over 77 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 of nearly 13 million musical works created and owned by more than 800,000 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 span all genres and are consistently among the most-performed hits. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit bmi.com, follow on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.‘s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly™ and receive an e-newsletter every Monday to stay up to date on all things music.

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