Frequently Asked Questions

SongviewTM

What is Songview?

Songview is a free, publicly available, musical works data platform on ASCAP and BMI’s respective websites. It is a first of its kind partnership that will present a consistent view of ASCAP and BMI’s repertory data, providing a more detailed look at song ownership information from the country’s two largest performing rights organizations.

How does it work?

Songview data includes the musical works represented by both PROs. That data is then fed into a proprietary reconciliation engine that compares the information from both PROs, then feeds the reconciled information back to our respective websites.

Do ASCAP and BMI guarantee the accuracy of the information included in the data platform?

Yes, we do. Please refer to the disclaimer for more information.

What does “Reconciled” mean? What does it mean if no icon appears?

“Reconciled” means that all information shown for this work has been agreed upon by the Songview participating societies. An icon showing a green checkmark in a diamond indicates a reconciled work. Works without an icon have not yet been reviewed through the Songview reconciliation process.

Musical Works

Why does Songview look different on ASCAP and BMI’s websites?

The presentation of data may look different on each PRO’s website, however, the information about songwriters, publishers and aggregated share splits controlled by ASCAP and BMI on reconciled works is the same. While there may be a difference in what’s displayed in terms of performers and alternate titles, this is because we are constantly receiving new data and incorporating it on a daily basis. Each PRO has made the decision to present the data in a way that is consistent with our individual repertory displays.

What does a BMI Award Signify?

A star means a song has received a BMI award. Each year, BMI awards songwriters, composers and publishers across different genres of music, whose songs are the most performed of the year.

What does “No Data Available” or “None” mean?

It means data is pending and has not been provided to us yet. In certain circumstances related to publishing information, ”none” means the work is self-published by the noted songwriter(s) or composer(s).

Interested Parties (Songwriters, Composers and Publishers)

What does Current Affiliation mean?

It indicates the current performing rights affiliation of the songwriters/composers and publishers listed. Note: NS (No Society) indicates that the songwriter/composer or publisher is not currently affiliated with a performing rights organization or that the current performing rights affiliation is unknown.

What does IPI # mean?

The IPI number (Interested Parties Information) is an international identification number assigned to songwriters and publishers to uniquely identify each rightsholder. In the past this identifier was sometimes referred to as a CAE number (Composer, Author, and Publisher number).

What does “Other Non-ASCAP and Non-BMI Publishers” mean?

Reconciled works only include publisher names for interests that are controlled by a Songview participating society. Any other publishers are represented as “Other Non-ASCAP and Non-BMI Publishers.”

How do I obtain the contact information for a BMI publisher?

Publisher contact information is displayed in the Publishers section of each work if available. Click on the publisher name to view the available contact information for publishing interests licensed by BMI.

Search Results

Why does a Songwriter/Composer search bring back more than one result with the same name?

Common songwriter or composer names (e.g. John Smith) may return such results. When this happens, you can refine the search results using additional search parameters to help better target your query.

Can I search for a Songwriter/Composer using a pseudonym or aka?

Yes. You can search for a songwriter/composer by either a legal name or pseudonym (aka). The songwriter/composer’s preferred name is shown on each musical work.

When I view a catalog, why are there several titles with the same or similar names?

You may see similar titles in a catalog in the following circumstances:

  1. There are one or more alternate titles under which the song can be found, similar to an "also known as," or aka.
  2. There is a foreign lyric version of the song (often indicated by an identical title).
  3. There may be a remix or medley version of the work.

Can I search for an alternate song title?

Yes. You can search for a musical work by either the original song title or an alternate title. The original title is shown by default when you view a catalog, with any alternate titles displayed in the Alternate Titles section of each musical work.

Do I need to know the complete song title in order to find it?

No. You can enter a few letters, the first word, or the full title in the search box. If it is a common song title, try entering an additional search term, such as Songwriter/Composer or Performer to narrow the search results.

Why doesn't a Performer search bring up all results for that performer?

We make every effort to include performer information when available, however, the focus of the Songview data platform is on songwriter, composer and music publisher information.

Why do some song titles appear to begin with the songwriter's/composer's last name followed by a hyphen?

This is typical of Classical works.

What does a blue circle next to a songwriter or publisher name mean?

A blue circle in the search results indicates that the songwriter or publisher was previously a BMI member, and BMI continues to represent their interests in one or more works. This occurs when:

  1. The songwriter has terminated their BMI membership, but the associated publisher is still a BMI member. Works with BMI publishers stay in the BMI repertoire as long as the publisher remains a BMI affiliate and does not remove the works.
  2. Performances of the work continue to be licensed by BMI for certain music users because we had a final agreement with the music user (a license in effect) prior to the songwriter/publisher’s termination or removal of works.
For more information on the impacts of affiliate terminations and licenses in effect, visit the Affiliation Agreement Info page at https://www.bmi.com/creators/agreement.

What does a red circle next to a songwriter or publisher name mean?

A red circle in the search results indicates that the songwriter, composer, or publisher has given notice to BMI that they would like to end their BMI agreement. As such, some or all of the affiliate's works may be subject to removal from the BMI repertoire in the future.

Where can I find more information about Songview?

You can find more information here.

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