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How to Save on Music Licensing at Your Fitness Club

Music is an integral part of the fitness club experience. From aerobics classes to TVs in the gym to background music setting the mood throughout your facility, music is an important motivator that makes working out fun. 

IHRSA group purchasing supplier Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) supports songwriters, composers, and publishers by taking care of an important aspect of their careers—getting paid for the music they create. BMI supports businesses and organizations that play music publicly by offering blanket music licenses that permit them to play more than 10.5 million musical works.

Both relationships save each time and money.

How IHRSA Members Can Save on Music Licensing 

IHRSA created this partnership with BMI to both educate members on music licensing and to save them money on music licensing fees. 

BMI is the bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly. As a global leader in music rights management, BMI serves as an advocate for the value of music, representing more than 10.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 700,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. 

IHRSA members are entitled to: 

  • A one-time 10% BMI licensing fee discount for members who license online
  • Yearly 5% BMI licensing fee discount for all IHRSA Members who pay their subsequent BMI licensing fees online  

In addition, all BMI Fitness customers are eligible for a yearly 5% timely payment discount. Chain discounts may also be available.

Steps to Start Saving on Music

All IHRSA members who use music in their fitness facilities are eligible for these savings.

A BMI License provides you with the legal authorization you need to use a very powerful product—music. This product is the music creator’s property, so a licensing agreement protects your business or organization from penalties involved in copyright infringement. Your payment of music licensing fees ensures the continued creation of music—for you and your organization.

BMI offers annual blanket licenses that provide the copyright permission necessary when a business performs music in public. A “public performance” of music is defined in the U.S. copyright law to include any music played outside a normal circle of friends and family. Your IHRSA discount is automatically applied when your club licenses and/or pays online.

License online, pay your fees, and get information about BMI and music licensing. Have other questions? Call our customer service representatives at (800) 925-8451. 


Music driving some fitness classes

There is no denying that there are alternative reasons for going to a fitness class other than ... well, fitness.

There is the obvious social aspect. Your friends go, so you do. Or, maybe there is an attactive man or woman who you can look at while, oh yeah, getting in shape.

And some go for the music. Of course they don't go just for the music as they could just buy it and listen in their car, or on their iPod or computer. But, many choose which class based on what is being played. And then they probably buy a song they liked from the class afterwards. Some clubs will allow participants to make music requests on Facebook prior to a class.

It is a great venue for musical artists, too. Zumba classes are attended by 14 million people each week. That is a lot of ears. Vanilla Ice's mega-hit "Ice Ice Baby" was recently re-released with a new Latin sound for Zumba, resulting in 17,000 purchases.  

For more, read the recent story in the Wall Street Journal.