Music encourages people to train harder in the gym, provides the soundtrack for classes, and helps to reinforce the unique character of your brand.

The OneMusic licence grants you the legal permission you need to use essentially all commercially released music available quickly, easily and cost-effectively. Once you have a licence in place you will have the legal permission you need to use our music from here and around the world, and support the people that make and own the music you and your members enjoy.

Download our Licence Guide for more information.

Exercise Facility Licence 

Background Music $1.59 per member $366.60
Virtual / On-Demand Services $0.1297 per member $62.13
Group Fitness Classes $2.92 per class $62.13
Independent Personal Trainer / Instructor $223.68 $223.68
Music Dubbing $306.87  
  • Music Dubbing is an additional fee and covers copying, downloading, or using a digital music service (e.g. Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube) to play in your business. Learn more here.
  • Personal trainers and instructors operating exclusively within Exercise Facilities will be covered by the Exercise Facility licence.
  • REPs Personal trainers and instructors operating independently and running 4 or less personal training sessions per week are covered under their REPs licence.
  • Virtual /On-Demand Services are an on-demand structured form of group exercise delivered by audio visual means, where an instructor or staff member is not present to guide or supervise participants. Where a class has an instructor or staff member present, this is defined as a Group Fitness Class.
  • Small Group Training sessions are covered under Background Music.
  • A Small Group Training session is a session that takes place on the gym floor in a supervised setting, not in a dedicated ‘class’ setting, and where the music is not altered in any way at any time from the existing background music, this extends to include volume. A small group training session does not extend to include more than 10 participants at a time.
  • Rates for Background Music, Virtual / On-Demand Services, Group Fitness Classes and Independent Personal Trainer / Instructors apply to the period 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022, and increase by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on 1 April each year.
  • ​Rates for Music Dubbing apply to the period 1 October 2021 - 30 September 2022, and increase by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on 1 October each year.​

OneMusic is an official partner of Exercise New Zealand - an organisation that provides advice, education and advocacy on behalf of its members. They also advise on compliance issues, including music licensing requirements. Visit the Exercise New Zealand website for more information.

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Why does my business need a music licence?

Under the Copyright Act (1994), having permission from music creators to use their music in your business 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 have live performers play in your business. Your OneMusic licence gives you permission to play essentially all commercially released music from here and around the world.

I have paid for the music 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.

I use a digital music service - why do I need a Music Dubbing licence?

When you play music in a business you need the permission to do so. Additional permission is also needed when you download, copy, or use a digital music service in your business.

Learn more about Music Dubbing here.

Who is OneMusic?

OneMusic is a joint licensing initiative between APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ. Many music creators around the world earn an income by granting organisations, like ours, the right to collect and pay their royalties.

OneMusic simplifies the licensing process and allows music users to meet their copyright obligations to play our music in their business.

Where does the money go?

When you hear about music royalties, that’s what we do.

Your OneMusic licence fee is distributed by APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ, who are the companies behind OneMusic. Each organisation has a commitment to their music creators and their own distribution policies.

Every month over 330 million lines of music data is analysed from digital music services, background music suppliers, radio stations, television stations, live performers and more. After minimal administration costs all money collected is paid to our local and international music creators – songwriters, composers, publishers, recording artists and record labels.

Find out more from APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ.

Who can verify that I need a OneMusic licence?

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


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