Music Means Business

A OneMusic licence grants you the legal permission you need to play virtually all music from anywhere in the world - from local indie rock bands to the world's biggest pop stars.

Through holding a OneMusic licence you are supporting the people that make the music you love while covering off your legal obligations when using music in a business setting. OneMusic licences grant you the permission you need to play music from any legal source - including digital downloads, CDs, live music, television, DJs and radio.

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 is considered a public performance under the Copyright Act, and requires permission (a licence) from music creators. The same rule applies whether you have purchased a physical CD, bought a digital download or stream music through a subscription service.

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.

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Can I use music streaming services in my business?

With the recent popularity of music streaming services, it is worth mentioning that while we are able to grant licences to businesses for the public performance and reproduction (caching / temporary storage of music intended for public performance) of music delivered through streaming services, our licences do not grant permission to use these services in a business setting.

In most cases, even if you have OneMusic licences in place, using a music streaming service in a business setting will be in contravention of the terms and conditions you hold with the service, which state that their services are for private, domestic use.

What do Background Music Suppliers do?

Creating the perfect music mix for your business can be time consuming - a constant challenge to find fresh music that hits the mark with your target audience. Beyond music selection, there are also technical considerations around file quality and volume levels between songs that can make the simple act of putting on some tunes more complicated than it appears.

For these reasons businesses often choose to use Background Music Suppliers – professional music consultants that take the headache out of selecting music for your business. Below is a list of Background Music Suppliers that supply music to New Zealand businesses – contact them directly to discuss your requirements using the links below.


Background Music Suppliers

An important note on music licensing. Some Background Music Suppliers pay the OneMusic public performance fee on behalf of their clients, meaning that their clients pay just one bill that covers all of their music requirements. If the Background Music Supplier you use does not pay the public performance fee on your behalf, it’s important to note that you will need to take out a public performance licence from OneMusic directly.