Hotel + Accommodation

Music is key for accommodation businesses - it can mask unwanted noise and reduce perceived wait-times in reception, it sets the mood for the restaurant and it can motivate people to train harder in the gym.

The OneMusic Hotel & Accommodation licence covers the variety of ways that accommodation business use music, including music used in hospitality spaces, function rooms, foyers, lifts and general spaces, gyms, pools, recreation facilities, music on hold and copying music to play in the hotel.

Download our Licence Guide for more information.

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. A OneMusic licence grants businesses the legal permission they 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?

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.