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BMI partners with Music Nation on music licensing in UAE

By | Published on Thursday 25 May 2023


US collecting society BMI has announced a partnership with Music Nation, a music rights management organisation based in the United Arab Emirates.

The two organisations will now work together to achieve the aim of “building and implementing new infrastructure and initiating the process of licensing in the UAE”. It’s part of a mission to secure new revenue streams for music-makers in a part of the world where copyrights have not traditionally been so easy to enforce and monetise.

Music Nation Chair Rasha Khalifa Al Mubarak explains: “Through recent legislation, the UAE’s leadership has paved the way for creatives to build rewarding careers in music. Building a state-of-the-art music licensing infrastructure is critical to delivering on the nation’s vision and our initiative to ignite the UAE’s music economy”.

On the partnership with BMI to help make that happen, she adds: “We are excited to partner with BMI for their world-class management team and many decades of experience in this area, which will ensure the sustainability of music creators’ work, attract new talent to the UAE, and ultimately launch and elevate careers for a local and regional community filled with so much potential”.

BMI CEO Mike O’Neill says: “The foundation of a thriving music industry is doing right by creators, providing them with the education and support to succeed and ensuring that they are paid for their work. This is at the heart of BMI’s mission and aligns with the vision of Music Nation and the UAE”.

“We were honoured when Music Nation first approached us”, he goes on, “and are THRILLED that we are now partnering with them to help support their mission of creating the best possible infrastructure for music licensing and talent development within the region”.