Bus + Coach

Music can be used to entertain and relax passengers on their journey with you.

Get the permission you need to use our music on your bus or coach quickly, easily and cost-effectively with a OneMusic licence.
For transport services other than Buses and Coaches, please email us directly.

Download our Licence Guide for more information.

1 bus $212.79
2 -5 buses $305.31
6 - 9 buses $610.61
10+ buses $1221.24


1 - 2 buses $305.31
3 - 9 buses $610.61
10+ buses $1221.24
  • Rates are GST inclusive and apply to the period 1 October 2020 – 30 September 2021.
  • Rates increase by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on the 1st October each year.


Why does my bus or coach service need a music licence?

Under the Copyright Act (1994), having permission from music creators to use their music in a commercial setting is a legal requirement. This permission is required regardless of how you play music – whether you play the radio, CDs, use digital music services, or make television programming or movies available to your passengers. A OneMusic licence grants you the legal permission you need to use virtually all music from anywhere in the world.

I have paid for the music and programming I play, so why do I need a licence?

Simply buying music does not provide the rights to use this music in a commercial or public setting. Music is sold for private / domestic use, so any use of this music by a business or organisation requires the permission of music creators to use their music. 

Is holding a licence to play music a legal requirement?

Yes it is - the Copyright Act (1994) clearly establishes public performance rights, protecting the rights of music creators. The Copyright Act also outlines the penalties for anyone in breach of the Act. You can access the Copyright Act (1994) here.

Who is OneMusic?

OneMusic is a joint licensing initiative between APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ. OneMusic licenses businesses that use music on behalf of APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ, who return the licence fees collected to music creators – songwriters, composers, music publishers, recording artists and record labels – as royalties.

Both are member organisations, which means that after administration costs all money collected is returned to music creators as royalties.

Where does the money go?

We keep track of what New Zealanders are listening to - we collect data from music streaming services, background music suppliers, radio stations, television stations, music recognition software and live performers.

Each month we analyse over 330 million lines of data to direct the licence fees you pay as accurately as possible.

OneMusic is a joint licensing initiative between APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ. After administration costs, all money is distributed to their local and international members as royalties.

Find out more from APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ.

Who can verify that I need a OneMusic licence?

You can find out more about why you need a licence and the authenticity of our rights from New Zealand associations and other industry and government bodies.

Citizens Advice       


Want to know more? Read the full FAQs here, or call us on 0800 800 663 - we're here to help.