Music at Work

Playing music at work can improve productivity and help to build team spirit. The OneMusic Workplace Licence allows you to harness the power of music to help make your workplace a great place for people to work.

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The music in the workplace licence covers essentially all commercially released music from here and around the world, played in workplaces, offices, warehouses, workshops and factories for the benefit of employees.

The OneMusic Workplace Licence covers music played:

  • in general staff areas, including staff rooms
  • to staff at their desks
  • in staff training sessions
  • at on-site conferences, functions and seminars
  • to callers on hold


Why do I need a music licence to play music at work?

Under the Copyright Act (1994), having permission from music creators to use their music outside of a domestic setting (including workplaces) is a legal requirement. This permission is required regardless of how you play music – whether you play the radio, CDs or use digital music services. 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. 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.

I'm hosting a ticketed event, what licences do I need?

When hosting ticketed events or holding an event off-site you will need to hold separate event licences.

If you have live performances only (e.g. live band playing their own instruments without a backing track) you will need the APRA event licence. For events that include both live music and recorded music (e.g. 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:

APRA AMCOS  Recorded Music NZ

If you're using music on your website or embedded in your presentations or training material click here to find out more.


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