Retail + Services

Playing music instore can be as important as how you display your products, the lighting you choose and your store fit out.

A OneMusic music licence gives you the permission you need to harness the magic of music instore. Once you have a licence in place you will have the legal permission you need to use essentially all commercially released music from here and around the world, and support the people that make and own the music you enjoy in your business.

 Download our Licence Guide for more information.

Retail & General Licence

0 49 m2 $319.65
50 – 99 m2 $383.58
100 – 149 m2 $460.30
150 – 499 m2 $588.14
500 – 999 m2 $958.92
1000 – 1999 m2 $1,358.50
2000 – 4999 m2 $1,956.24
Each additional 200 m2 (or part thereof) $255.71
$306.87 per premises  
  • 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 rates above. Radio includes local and national radio stations (e.g. The Hits, The Breeze and George FM). It does not include internet radio stations or digital music services.
  • Premises area is the area where music is played that is accessible to the public (not including staff or stock rooms), and is measured in square metres.
  • Rates include GST and are valid from 1 October 2021 - 30 September 2022. Rates increase by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on 1 October each year. 

OneMusic is a preferred supplier partner of Retail NZ - New Zealand's leading retail trade association. Retail NZ assists its members by providing retail advice, member benefit savings, industry information and education, and is the main retail industry lobby group to government. They also provide advice on compliance issues, including music licensing requirements. Visit the Retail NZ 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 play in your business. 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.

Your OneMusic licence fee is distributed by APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ, who are the companies behind OneMusic. Each organisation has a commitment to their music creators and their own distribution policies.

Every month over 330 million lines of music data is analysed from digital music services, background music suppliers, radio stations, television stations, live performers and more. After minimal administration costs all money collected is paid to our local and international music creators – songwriters, composers, publishers, recording artists and record labels.

Find out more from APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ.

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.


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