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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 come 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.

Find out more:

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 allows 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.

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 103,000+ 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 OneMusic?

The Code of Conduct is an initiative of APRA AMCOS, PPCA and other Australian collecting societies, 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.

Code Compliance by participating collecting societies with the Code’s standards of conduct is the subject of an independent annual review. OneMusic's conduct is reviewed alongside APRA AMCOS.

Read the Code here.

Find out more about the Code, including all documents relating to collecting societies’ compliance with 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  is authorised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and complies with 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. 

I already have an APRA AMCOS and/or PPCA licence, why can’t you just send me an invoice? In other words, why do I need to sign up again?

It is important that as a business owner or administrator of an organisation you understand and legally agree to new rates and new terms and conditions for the new entity that is OneMusic Australia. We are committed to being fully transparent.

By signing a new Agreement under OneMusic Australia both parties have the opportunity to look at these rates, terms and conditions for the use of our music and commercially transact.

Why has my licence fee increased?

Your licence fee may have increased for a number of reasons.

What may appear as a bigger invoice for your use of our music is likely not a true increase. Some businesses and organisations only previously held an APRA AMCOS licence or only previously held a PPCA licence but actually needed to have both licences in place. So while the overall fee may be higher, this is because they were under-licensed and not paying the correct licence fee previously.

For some OneMusic licence schemes our consultations proposed a change to the metrics used to calculate the licence fee.  Changing metrics will lead to changes in the licence fee for a business or organisation. By way of example, for the Dance School licence scheme, both the previous APRA AMCOS and PPCA rates were based on the number of operating days only, even though some schools teach several classes per day and others only conduct a single class per day. It was for this reason that we proposed in our consultation papers and have now adopted a fairer ‘user-pays’ rate, based on the total number of classes using our music.

For some licensees their fees have increased because they are now purchasing additional cover from OneMusic Australia. Again using the Dance School licence scheme as an example, this now contains additional value/cover for various other uses of our music for Events, Digital Copy/Delivery, Video Recordings, Website Use & Music on Hold.  If you haven’t previously obtained cover for these uses but required it, your total licence fee will also increase.

Lastly, in some instances the increase actually reflects a review of a fee-freeze that had been in place for a long period of time. For example, PPCA’s rate for retail outlets had not been reviewed for well over a decade (where we conducted such a price review, we discussed this in our consultation documents.

These factors may all need to be considered when looking at the reasons behind an increase in your licence fee. OneMusic aims to ensure rates are fair for licensees and also for music creators, acknowledging the value the use of our music adds to your business.