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How to claim what's yours

Tip Published Thursday 15 February 2018

It is vital you register your works through the Writer Portal OR the APRA AMCOS For Music Creators App, before anything else

Performance royalties are paid quarterly

New and longtime members alike, we've pulled together a quick refresher on claiming what's yours!

To make sure you get paid for your hard work, it is vital that you register your works via the writer portal. Then we know it exists.

From there, depending on where and how your music gets used, we ask that you provide key details of certain activity. Bookmark our guides page, it's a treasure trove of resources, forms, and links covering important areas of music usage and performance.

Is your music being used in an ad?

Upload it, report it, claim it.

  • Metro broadcast areas AU & NZ - you must upload your song. Whether it is a commercially-released song being used in an ad or music specifically made for an ad, it is considered a jingle.
  • Upload audio to the writer portal, this way we can identify and match it to what was broadcast.
  • Upload all versions of the music being used in the ad. Do not include audio with voice-over.
  • Upload to get paid quarterly:

    Performance Period

    Payment Date

    Audio uploaded by

    January - March


    End of February

    April - June


    End of May

    July - September


    End of August

    October - December


    End of November


  • Regional areas - you will need to self-report it
  • Overseas jingles - please complete the form

Are you playing gigs at the local pub, touring the US or anything in between?

Report it, claim it.

If so, you can submit performance reports and get paid for playing.

Is your track getting played at nightclubs?

Upload it and claim it.

  • Register your works
  • If you are playing your own works in a set - lodge your performance report online or via the app
  • IMPORTANT: Register for DJ Monitor, our Music Recognition Technology service (similar to a Shazam). This ensures your track can be accurately identified.
  • Get up to date on remixes

Does a big (or small) company want to use your work for music on hold?

Claim it.

Are you an ambient composer selling music to therapists or other wellness businesses?

Report it, claim it.

  • Annual deadline is 31 Aug

Is your work being used in some other kind of way?

Ask us. Claim it.

  • There are uses that get categorised as 'unlogged' - e.g. cinema promos, festival/art installation - that fall outside our usual distribution channels.
  • Log it and we will investigate if it can be claimed.