Councils

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 info@onemusicnz.com 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 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?

OneMusic is a joint licensing initiative between APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ. OneMusic pays all money collected to APRA and Recorded Music NZ to distribute to their members - songwriters, composers, music publishers, recording artists and record labels.

For background music, licence fees are distributed using a combination of distribution by analogy and direct distribution (for clients using Background Music Suppliers). Licence fees distributed by analogy are distributed using data from commercial radio stations, student, community and iwi radio stations, background music suppliers and television networks.

For live performances, licence fees are distributed based on performance reports APRA receive from live performers, who provide information regarding where they have played, and the songs they performed.

For DJ performances, licence fees are distributed by analogy using data from dance music radio stations, music television and data from collected from Music Recognition devices permanently installed in dance venues.

APRA and Recorded Music NZ are both member organisations, which means that after administration costs, all money collected is distributed to music creators as royalties.

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.

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