OneMusic Australia FAQs

For many years, businesses have been asking for a more simplified approach to obtaining and paying for music licences.
APRA AMCOS and PPCA have listened. OneMusic Australia is being developed to bring a simple, modern solution to music copyright licensing and compliance.
OneMusic Australia is an APRA AMCOS and PPCA joint venture to be launched in the second half of 2018.

Will a licence cost more under OneMusic Australia?

Between APRA AMCOS and PPCA, there are more than 140,000 public performance music licences held by businesses across Australia. At the moment, in a number of industries, the two organisations apply different metrics to the same sort of music use. So that the transition to OneMusic Australia’s single licence model is streamlined, the two organisations will extensively review and replace the existing schemes.

OneMusic Australia licences will be developed in consultation with relevant parties, including industry associations and licensees as appropriate. APRA AMCOS and PPCA are in the early stages of developing these licences so cannot determine exactly how the existing structures will be merged. Rest assured that OneMusic Australia licences will be attractive and reflect fair and equitable fees in all instances.

In the majority of cases our aim is to develop new single licence structures that broadly reflect the combined fees currently payable to APRA AMCOS and PPCA.

In the meantime, we encourage licensees to ensure they are correctly licensed by both APRA AMCOS and PPCA to ensure a smooth transition to the new structure.

When will this happen?

The aim is to launch OneMusic Australia in the latter part of 2018. APRA AMCOS and PPCA will ensure that extensive consultations are undertaken with industry bodies and clients during the development of OneMusic Australia licences.

Will I be on a different licence altogether?

We will need to migrate you onto a new agreement once OneMusic Australia formally launches sometime after June 2018. APRA AMCOS and PPCA will be working with industry groups to ensure that when new OneMusic Australia licences are developed, they are streamlined, relevant and simple to transact as well as fair and equitable for all.

Will the payment process change?

APRA AMCOS and PPCA are working on a plan to introduce a new e-commerce facility that will allow you to build your licence based on your music use and business type. You will be able to transact online using common payment methods such as BPAY, credit card and direct debit authorisations.

If you currently have two different annual licence renewal dates between APRA AMCOS and PPCA, you’ll be pleased to know the organisations will be working with you towards aligning these dates to make your transition to OneMusic Australia easier.

Is this a new company? Isn’t this a monopoly?

While APRA AMCOS’ and PPCA’s rights will be licensed under the OneMusic Australia brand, APRA AMCOS and PPCA will continue to operate as independent legal entities. PPCA will sub-license on a non-exclusive basis certain rights to APRA AMCOS. APRA AMCOS, with input from PPCA, will then be contracted to manage public performance licensing through OneMusic Australia for both parties.

We have been openly discussing this new joint licensing venture with the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) and have also been liaising extensively with industry bodies to ensure the transition is smooth and the licences are fair and reasonable.

We want OneMusic Australia to make music licensing simple and fair and be an attractive proposition for all licensees – however existing direct licence options will remain available for music users.

Will all licences fall under OneMusic Australia?

At this stage, OneMusic Australia will encompass a huge number of APRA AMCOS and PPCA’s existing licences for the performance of music in business, however naturally some licensing will remain separately managed by the two organisations. For example, TV and radio broadcast, digital music services and record label licensing arrangements will likely remain as they currently are.

Are my details confidential?

While APRA AMCOS and PPCA will migrate data for matching and analysis in order to create fair and reasonable licences, both organisations will be fully compliant with the Privacy Act (1988).  To assist in an easy migration from the current two licence requirement to a single licence, APRA AMCOS and PPCA now share non-confidential client information such as your licence commencement date (where relevant, depending on use), to ensure both organisations  hold the same accurate data in connection with your account. The information APRA AMCOS and PPCA are sharing under this arrangement prior to the launch of OneMusic Australia does not include private details you have provided.

Will the repertoire change?

There will be no reduction and OneMusic Australia’s repertoire will be made up of the vast and every-growing collection of songs and recordings currently licensable by APRA AMCOS and PPCA.

What is APRA AMCOS?

APRA AMCOS is the trading name of APRA and AMCOS. APRA AMCOS grants licences for the live performance, broadcast, communication, public playing or reproduction of its members’ musical works. APRA AMCOS then distributes the licence fees collected to its over 90,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members, and affiliated societies worldwide.

What is PPCA?

PPCA is the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd. PPCA grants licences for the broadcast, communication or public playing of recorded music (such as CDs, records and digital downloads or streams) or music videos. PPCA then distributes the net licence fees collected to its licensors (generally record labels) and registered recording artists.

What if I don’t use music?

If your business does not use any copyright music in any areas of the business you may not need a licence from the music creators represented by APRA AMCOS and PPCA, and therefore by OneMusic Australia.

Please be aware that under Australian copyright law if you use any copyright music that falls within APRA AMCOS’s or PPCA’s repertoire, you must ensure that you have permission for this use, from them or the content owners themselves. Without a licence for ALL copyright music use in your business you are in breach of copyright legislation.

As a safeguard, it is wise to advise us immediately if you use music in your business in any way. This applies to all areas of your business – office, warehouse, front reception area, retail space, yards and outdoor areas.

What is covered by my current licence?

The introduction of OneMusic Australia represents the perfect opportunity for businesses to review their licences and to make sure that their details are correct and their coverage is up to date. APRA AMCOS and PPCA are able to send you a breakdown of what you are currently licensed for and when that licence is due for renewal. They can also help you ensure that your business is adequately licensed for your use of music.

Will distribution processes change with OneMusic Australia?

The consultation process is not for the purpose of reviewing the individual distribution processes to members, licensors and affiliates undertaken by APRA AMCOS and PPCA. These processes are and will remain a matter for those organisations’ and their respective Boards.

What do I need to do now?

There is significant work to be done by APRA AMCOS and PPCA in preparation for the launch of OneMusic Australia in 2018.  The two organisations may be in touch with you to align the renewal date for your existing individual licences and to keep you updated as plans for OneMusic Australia progress.

Most importantly, in order to remain fully compliant and avoid copyright infringement, it is imperative that you continue to maintain your existing licences if you use music in your business.