If you operate a function space, it’s important that you have the permission you need for music to be used in the space.

OneMusic has made the process of getting the permission you need to use music easy - a OneMusic Functions Licence grants you or the people hiring your space permission to use virtually all commercially available music from anywhere in the world.

As the business authorising the use of music in your function space, it is your responsibility to obtain permission for the music used by people hiring the space.

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0-49m2 $313.38 or $14.18
50-99m2 $376.07 or $15.27
100-149m2 $451.27 or $16.34
150-499m2 $576.61 or $17.45
500-999m2 $940.12 or $18.54
1000-1999m2 $1331.86 or $19.62
2000-4999m2 $1917.87 or $20.72
each additional 2000m2
(or part thereof)
$313.38 or $14.18
$300.85 per annum
per premises
  • The per-day rate is subject to a minimum annual fee of $90.36 per function space
  • 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.
  • Rates include GST, 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.

The OneMusic Functions licence does not cover any function where there is a charge for admission, or where performers are paid more than $5,000 (excl. GST). In these instances, it is the responsibility of the promoter or event organiser to obtain an event licence from both APRA and Recorded Music NZ.

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What functions need to be included under the licence?

All functions that are not domestic functions need to be accounted for under the OneMusic Functions licence. Examples of events that need to be licensed under the Functions licence include meetings, awards, prizegivings, corporate celebrations and conferences.

What functions do not need to be included under the licence?

OneMusic (representing APRA and Recorded Music NZ) have granted an exemption to functions that are of a domestic nature held in commercial spaces. For this reason, you do not need to include domestic functions such as 21sts, engagement parties and weddings under your licence.

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 setting 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. 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. Having permission to use music in a business setting is required by law, and a OneMusic licence grants businesses the permission they need to use virtually all music released from anywhere in the world.

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.

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