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 and charge for admission, please click here for details. 

Download our Licence Guide for more information.

Places of Worship Licence

FEE SCHEDULE ANNUAL RATE
Background Music $188.02
Music Dubbing Fee $300.85
  • Rates include GST and apply to the period 1 October 2020 – 30 September 2021. Rates increase by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on the 1st October each year.
  • 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.

 

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.

If we have a CCLI licence do we need a OneMusic Licence?

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.

Please contact CCLI directly to discuss what your licence with them covers.

In most cases both licenses will be required.

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.

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?

We keep track of what New Zealanders are listening to - we collect data from music streaming services, background music suppliers, radio stations, television stations, music recognition software and live performers.

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

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.

Citizens Advice        

Events where there is a charge for admission - what licences do I require?

When hosting ticketed events 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:

 

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