Places of Worship

Music has been a part of worship services for centuries. Alongside religious services, places of worship often play music at functions, and during activities such as youth and study groups.

Just like other organisations, places of worship need to be aware of their copyright obligations when using music.

While OneMusic grants an exemption for music used during services (including weddings and funerals), places of worship require a OneMusic licence when they use music outside of worship services. This includes functions as well as during activities such as youth groups, study groups, socials and meetings where there is no charge for admission.

If you are hosting an event that does include a charge for admission, an APRA event licence is required for the music used during the event. For more information regarding using music at ticketed events visit the events page on the APRA website.

 

 

PLACES OF WORSHIP

FEE SCHEDULE ANNUAL RATE
Background Music $182.15
Music Dubbing Fee $291.44
  • Rates include GST and apply to the period 1 October 2018 – 30 September 2019. Rates increase by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on the 1st October each year.
  • Music Dubbing covers the reproduction and / or temporary storage (caching) of music copied for the purposes of public performance.

 

Why does our place of worship need a music licence?

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

We have paid for the music we play, so why do we 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 an organisation or business 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.

We use a music streaming service - why do we need a dubbing licence?

When you play music from a streaming service, temporary copies of songs are stored on your device. The OneMusic Dubbing Licence satisfies your obligations under the Copyright Act (1994) for the copying of music for the purposes of public performance.

It’s important to note that holding a Dubbing Licence does not grant you permission from the music streaming platform itself to use their service in a business or commercial setting. In most cases the terms and conditions of music streaming services do not allow you to use their service in a business or commercial setting.

Learn more about the music dubbing licence here.

Who is OneMusic?

OneMusic is the licensing brand for 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 pays all money collected to APRA and Recorded Music NZ to distribute to their members - songwriters, composers, music publishers, recording artists and record labels.

Licence fees for the OneMusic Places of Worship Licence are distributed by analogy using data from commercial radio stations, student, community and iwi radio stations and television networks.

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.

 

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