The OneMusic Hospitality licence is tailor made for the hospitality industry, covering all the ways hospitality businesses use music - from playing background music to hosting live bands, DJs and karaoke nights.

The OneMusic Hospitality Licence grants you the legal permission you need to use essentially all 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 all corners of the globe, while supporting the people that make the music you love. 

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Hospitality Licence

Background Music Annual Fee Music Per Day Fee*
Premises Area Restaurants / Cafes Pubs /
Live Performers* DJs* Karaoke*
0-49 m2 $350.98 $438.72 $13.80 $18.79 $13.80
50-99 m2 $426.19 $564.09 $15.05 $20.07 $15.05
100-149m2 $501.40 $689.41 $16.30 $21.31 $16.30
150-199m2 $576.61 $814.78 $17.56 $22.56 $17.56
200-249m2 $651.82 $940.12 $18.79 $23.82 $18.79
250-299m2 $727.03 $1065.48 $20.07 $25.06 $20.07
300+m2 $802.25 $1190.82 $21.31 $26.33 $21.31
$300.85 per annum
  • Live music performances and DJs are subject to a maximum $35 ticket price threshold. Where performances have a ticket price that is $35 or greater, APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ event licenses are applicable.
  • A restaurant/café is a business whose primary focus is on the service of food to customers.
  • A pub/bar is a business whose primary focus is on the service of drinks to customers.
  • Where a business has both restaurant and bar areas, only one licence is required and should be calculated based on the cumulative premises area applying the pub/bar tariff.
  • The premises area is defined as the public area where music is played and is measured in square metres. ​
  • 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.
  • If you play exclusively radio in your business, the background music fee is 50% of the published rates in columns 2 and 3 above.
  • Radio includes local and national radio stations (for example The Hits, The Breeze and George FM), however does not include internet radio stations.
  • Rates include GST and are valid from 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021. Rates increase by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on 1 October each year.

OneMusic is an official partner of the Restaurant Association of 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 Restaurant Association of 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 or DJs play in your business. A OneMusic licence grants you the legal permission you need to use virtually all music from anywhere in 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 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.

Where does the money go?

Each month we analyse over 330 million lines of data to direct the licence fees you pay as accurately as possible.

For Background Music we track music streaming services, background music suppliers, radio stations and television stations.

Live performances are directly distributed to music creators from reports musicians provide us on which songs they performed at your venue.

For DJ performances, we use data from dance music radio stations, music television and music recognition software.

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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I'm hosting an event with a ticket price of $35 or more - what licences do I require?

To make it easy for hospitality businesses to get the permission they need to host performances, OneMusic offer a per-day rate for 'featured music' performances that have a ticket price of less than $35. The 'featured music' per-day rate applies to performances by live performers and DJs, as well as karaoke performances. 

For all performances with a ticket price of $35 or more, event licences are required for each event.

For performances with a ticket price of $35 or more that are live only (for example a live band) an APRA event licence is required. For events that include both live music and recorded music (for example bands and DJs), a licence is required from both APRA for the rights to perform musical works, and Recorded Music NZ for the rights to perform sound recordings. 

Apply for event licences here:



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