Road Runners Club of America Announces Group Music License with BMI

November 17th, 2016

The RRCA’s group music license service through BMI is a first-of-its-kind in the running industry

Arlington, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) are pleased to announce that the two organizations have worked together to develop a simple and cost-effective group music license service for members of the RRCA. This new service is a first-of-its-kind in the running industry and will provide RRCA member clubs, events and event management companies with a simple process to obtain an annual music license for events through the RRCA’s group agreement with BMI.

Similarly structured to the RRCA’s group liability insurance program for clubs and events, the RRCA/BMI group music license service has a clearly outlined license fee schedule, and the fees assessed are based on participation numbers for any/all events(s) that an RRCA member owns and will promote during the twelve (12) month period of the calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31) where music will be played.

“When an event organizer plays music or someone performs music at an event, it is considered a public performance and event organizers must obtain a music license for the performing rights from a performing rights organization such as BMI,” explained Jean Knaack, RRCA executive director. “By working with BMI, the RRCA will provide an opportunity for members to easily comply with the requirement to obtain a music license when music is played or performed at or during a running event.”

While RRCA members are not required by the RRCA to participate in this service offered to members, it is important for race directors to understand that no matter the size of the event, if music is played without a license, the event may be subject to legal action from a performing rights organization (PRO) such as BMI. Judgments from legal actions related to noncompliance with music licensing in other industries have been upwards of $35,000 and more in fines and legal fees due.

More detailed information about the RRCA/BMI group music license service, including fees, can be found at:

About the RRCA: The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is the oldest and largest national association of running organizations and runners dedicated to growing the sport since 1958. The RRCA champions the development of community-based running clubs and events that serve runners of all ages and abilities in pursuit of health and competition. The RRCA’s vision is to see an organized running club established in every community in the U.S. To learn more, visit:

About BMI: BMI supports its songwriters, composers and publishers by taking care of an important aspect of their careers – getting paid. BMI supports businesses and organizations that play music publicly by offering blanket music licenses that permit them to play nearly 12 million musical works. Both relationships save each time and money. For more information, go to:


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Road Runners Club of America Announces Group Music License with BMI

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