Thursday, November 1, 2018

Release of Fair and Simple Music Licence Plan for Dining Spaces

OneMusic Australia has today released the second draft of a combined licence scheme for Australia’s dining industry to drastically cut red-tape for hospitality operations and in many cases effect a decrease in fees.

This specific licence scheme will apply to restaurants, cafés, takeaway shops and other food service businesses and may include dining areas in multi-function establishments such as pubs and clubs. Very small dining businesses with a seating capacity of less than six will be licensed under the Retail and Service Providers licence scheme.

Following the successful roll out of similar schemes to simplify music licensing in New Zealand and the UK, OneMusic Australia is planned to launch mid-2019.

Substantial consultation has taken place with the sector over many months to arrive at this second draft scheme based on a fair outcome for both dining spaces and music creators.

Since the first proposed scheme was issued 12 months ago, OneMusic has listened to industry and is pleased to announce the maximum annual fee payable by dining businesses in each capacity tier is lower than in the initial proposal released in October 2017.

A dining business not licensed to serve alcohol will have a different maximum licence fee than those with a liquor licence, based on data which shows the former hospitality businesses typically have lower turnover.

Accommodation motels which have a dining area for the benefit of their staying guests and not generally for the public will enjoy a 50% reduction to the background music rate for the dining space.

There is a calculator for dining businesses to use to obtain basic estimates on future licence fees.

In releasing the new proposal, both PPCA and APRA AMCOS applaud the hospitality sector for the enthusiasm and support they show in showcasing recorded and live music to entertain their patrons.

The two peak organisations behind OneMusic Australia will continue to ensure appropriate licences are in place when their members’ and licensors’ products are used commercially. This process is authorised by the Copyright Act (1968).

Licence fees collected from the hospitality industry are distributed to music creators in a variety of ways including use of both direct and proxy sources of information.

Live and featured music venues help to generate an estimated $15.7 billion1 in national economic benefit – lifting profitability and employment.

There are over 100,000 members of APRA AMCOS and over 40,000 PPCA record labels servicing everyday consumers’ ever-evolving music tastes. OneMusic Australia’s music licences cover the world’s repertoire of recording artists and music composers.

Media enquiries:

Hospitality licence fee comparisons and case studies are available on request. Anne Blair 0404 293 163 OR Mick Walsh 0402 274 623 comms@apra.com.au

1 The Economic & Cultural Value Of Live Music In Australia 2014. University of Tasmania