Music licensing in Australia
APRA AMCOS is keen to enlist the help of fellow associations to spread the facts about music licensing in Australia and is already in close contact with hundreds of membership bodies.
APRA AMCOS is a national membership organisation, the trading name of APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) and AMCOS (Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society). This almost century-old music rights organisation grants licences for the live performance, broadcast, communication, public playing and reproduction of its members’ musical works (songs) in a commercial setting.
APRA AMCOS then distributes the net licence fees it collects to its 103,000+ songwriter, composer and music publisher members - and affiliated (sister) societies worldwide.
In Australia, music creators generally authorise two organisations to administer their rights and collect their royalties – APRA AMCOS (composers and music publishers) and another organisation PPCA (recording artists and record labels).
In July 2019, OneMusic Australia launched and bundled many of the rights of APRA AMCOS and PPCA into one licence.
So if, as an Association, your members commercially use music/music videos from the collection (repertoire) licensed by APRA AMCOS/PPCA (OneMusic Australia) without a licence they would otherwise need to deal directly with all the composers, songwriters, music publishers, recording artists and record labels who own the rights in the music they wished to use.