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Simplified music licensing

OneMusic Australia is a joint initiative between APRA AMCOS and PPCA, just like a duet. The two Australian music bodies have got together to give you easy legal access to all their works, sound recordings and music videos. Now you'll pay one licence, in one place.

We’ve done the hard work for you so our licence allows you to use virtually any commercially released music from anywhere around the world.

We think our bundled licences offer by far the best value for your money. Our licences give you:

  • Permission to use the musical works, sound recordings and music videos of more than two million music creators worldwide.
  • Protection from being taken to court under the Copyright Act 1968 for using unlicensed music in your business.

OneMusic protects the value of music for both the copyright in the original music and lyrics, and the copyright in the recording of that music as well as music videos. 

The copyright in the music and lyrics is owned by APRA AMCOS’ members (writers and publishers) and affiliate members of other rights management organisations across the world.

The copyright in the sound recording and music videos is owned by PPCA's and ARIA’s licensors (labels and registered artists) and affiliate members of other rights management organisations across the world. 

There can be many recordings of an original song. Eleanor Rigby was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and the Beatles recorded the song, but it has been re-recorded more than 130 times by various artists and record companies.

What is OneMusic Australia?

OneMusic Australia is an APRA AMCOS and PPCA joint licensing initiative launched in 2019.

OneMusic Australia offers joint public performance licences so there is no longer any need for separate licence agreements and invoices from PPCA and APRA AMCOS. The new organisation will allow music users to more seamlessly meet their copyright obligations for the public performance of musical works, sound recordings and music videos. 

Is OneMusic a government body?

No. OneMusic is a joint initiative of APRA AMCOS and PPCA that collects royalties on behalf of those who create the music. OneMusic works closely with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to be completely accountable to Australian industry.

What is APRA AMCOS?

APRA AMCOS is the trading name of APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) and AMCOS (Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society). APRA AMCOS grants licences for the live performance, broadcast, communication, public playing and reproduction of its members’ musical works. APRA AMCOS then distributes the net licence fees collected to its 100,000+ songwriter, composer and music publisher members and affiliated societies worldwide.

What is PPCA?

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

What is ARIA?

ARIA means Australian Recording Industry Association Limited.

ARIA Sound Recordings means the sound recordings controlled by ARIA listed which are listed on the ARIA website, the rights for which ARIA has authorised OneMusic Australia to administer.

What's the connection between OneMusic Australia and OneMusic New Zealand?

OneMusic Australia is a joint licensing initiative between APRA AMCOS Australia and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA). OneMusic NZ is a joint licensing initiative between APRA AMCOS NZ and Recorded Music NZ. RMNZ represent record labels and recording artists for the public performance of sound recordings. 

What is the Collecting Societies’ Code of Conduct and how does it impact on OneMusic?

The Code was an initiative of APRA AMCOS, PPCA and other major Australian collecting societies, and it was developed with the support of the Federal Government. It aims to promote awareness of copyright and collecting societies, to set service standards for our dealings with copyright holders and licensees, and to ensure that accessible and fair procedures are available for the handling of complaints and the resolution of disputes. 

The Code reflects the standards of service OneMusic offers in its dealings with licensees and copyright holders. In particular: 

  • We aim to be fair, honest, courteous and transparent
  • We make available information about the benefits of and responsibilities involved in obtaining a OneMusic licence, and generally about the types of licences we offer to users of sound recordings and music videos.

Read the Code here.

Is OneMusic a form of regulator?

No. OneMusic is an initiative of APRA AMCOS and PPCA. APRA AMCOS and PPCA are music rights management organisations.

See “What is APRA AMCOS” and “What is PPCA?”

Without OneMusic as a “one-stop shop”, those commercial enterprises and workplaces that use music would be required to obtain permission from the copyright owners of every single song they use each year. 

Most people understand that the Government appoints regulators for certain industries such as banking. OneMusic as a Music Rights Management Organisation has not been appointed as a regulator in any way. Rather, OneMusic applies the jurisdiction of the Copyright Act 1968 to license businesses for use of their rights holders’ property (music works and sound recordings) commercially.

 

Is APRA AMCOS (one of the bodies behind OneMusic) operating as a law unto itself?

APRA AMCOS not only works within the regulatory framework of its conditional authorisation, set by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), we are also overseen by the Copyright Tribunal and the Collecting Society Code of Conduct which is administered by an independent Code Reviewer. The Code is designed to ensure that the rights of all members and licensees are clearly stated, and that the operations of collecting societies are transparent and accessible. 

Do APRA AMCOS and PPCA represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists?

Use of songs and recordings by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are covered when the songwriter and/or artist is represented by APRA AMCOS and PPCA the bodies behind OneMusic. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are eligible for membership on the basis of their song and/or recording being publicly performed, and are encouraged to join. APRA AMCOS and PPCA represent around 1,500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. 

 

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