From cultural events, celebrations and movie nights to music activities in libraries, music is an essential tool for those tasked with making towns and cities great places to live.

Alongside sustainability and engagement, good governance extends to covering off legal responsibilities when using music. OneMusic offer simple annual licences that grant councils the permission they need to use music, while supporting the people that make the music that help our towns and cities hum.

Through the combined repertoire of OneMusic's parent organisations APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ, OneMusic are able to offer blanket licences that cover the use of virtually all music available from anywhere in the world. For a simple per-resident rate, your council can be covered for the use of music at a wide range of community events and venues, including community halls, libraries, parks, pools and recreation centres.

Contact us on 0800 800 663 or email to discuss the licensing requirements for your council.


Why do councils need a music licence?

Under the Copyright Act (1994), having permission from music creators to use their music outside of a domestic setting (a 'public performance') 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 host live performers or DJs. A OneMusic licence grants councils the legal permission they need to use virtually all music from anywhere in the world - from local indie rock bands to the world's biggest pop stars.

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 the licensing brand for 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.


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