Schools

The Copyright Act grants educational establishments the permission to use music in the course of education, however any use of music that falls outside of these exemptions requires a licence.

Does your school:

  • Play music at school fundraisers?
  • Play music at school open days?
  • Participate in music events such as The Big Sing?
  • Play music at sporting events?
  • Use music at end of year performances?
  • Play music at school balls or discos?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, chances are you need a music licence.

Broadly speaking, under the Copyright Act an educational establishment can perform or play music in the course of its activities, but only to an audience of students or staff. Any other audience, including parents, is considered a 'public performance' and requires a licence. The Copyright Act also provides limited provisions for copying music, with any copying beyond these provisions requiring additional permissions.

The OneMusic Schools Licence ‘tops up’ the rights provided to schools under the Copyright Act, allowing schools to make the most of music.

OneMusic represents the rights of music creators from both New Zealand and around the world. We licence schools, businesses and organisations, and return the licence fees collected to music creators – songwriters, composers, music publishers, recording artists and record labels - as royalties.

More Information

The OneMusic Schools Guide outlines the ways schools can use music under the licence.

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How much does it cost?

The OneMusic Schools Licence costs $1.49 per student, with a 5% discount for NZSTA members.

How do I get a licence?

The OneMusic licence is administered through the NZSTA. To obtain a licence for your school, email the NZSTA Copyright Coordinator on copyright@nzsta.org.nz, or call 0800 663 486.

Who is OneMusic?

OneMusic is the licensing brand for APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ. OneMusic licenses businesses and organisations 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 Schools licence are distributed by analogy using data we receive from a rotating sample of schools. 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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