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

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OneMusic has made the process of getting the permission you need to use music easy. The OneMusic Functions Licence grants you or the people hiring your space permission to play essentially all commercially released music from here and around 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.

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). The promoter or event producer will need to obtain the appropriate event licence from both APRA and if sound recordings are used, Recorded Music NZ.

For more information visit:

APRA AMCOS  Recorded Music NZ


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 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 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. Licence fees are distributed to songwriters, composers, publishers, recording artists and record labels, by APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ, who are the companies behind OneMusic. Click here to find out more.

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.