Do Your Special History Reports Look Blank? posted on April 13th, 2010
By Paul Ziino
Every so often we get calls from MusicMaster users indicating “…my BMI report was rejected because they said it’s blank.” In most of those cases, the user likely missed a very important step—filling out the report’s Options tab.
There are lots of pre-built reports in the MusicMaster program, all available under Dataset/Analysis/Special History Reports. Here you will use the pull-down menu to choose the needed report. Once you’ve selected the report, check the needed categories, and set your start and end dates/times.
Now click the Options tab. The Options tab is where you tell MusicMaster what information belongs under each header. In general you’ll fill out the top half under Misc manually. It’s the Song Fields section that requires your attention. Double-click in the space to the right of each field to open the drop-down menu. Here you will indicate what field in your data contains the requested information. For example: Artist Name will likely be in the Artist field, Song Title in the Title field, Performers in the Soloists field and so forth. If your data does not contain the requested information, leave that field blank. Once you have the fields matched up, go back to the Report Setup tab and click Print or Export to generate the file, then send it to the appropriate agency and you’re done!