How are the royalties calculated?
Where setlists are provided, the songs reported by each code share in that code’s licence fee, and where relevant, the licence fee for the specific event in which they are used. Songs are paid according to their duration, the number of times played, the situation in which they are used (i.e. for AFL and NRL, there are different weightings for weekly rounds, Finals and the Grand Finals), and whether the use was recorded or live (live music receives twice the payment weighting).
Once we have calculated the amount payable for a song, we can pay that amount to the copyright owner of the work. If the copyright owner is not an APRA member but a member of an affiliated overseas society, we pay the money to that society.
In New Zealand, 10% of the sports code and events revenue is allocated to the Live Performance pool (see separate guide). For smaller codes/events, the licence fees are allocated on an analogous basis to the live performance pool or digital streaming pool according to whether the predominant music use is from a live performance or recorded music source.
How often are royalties paid?
Distributions for Australian and New Zealand sporting codes and events are calculated and paid in the next quarter following the end of the relevant season or reporting period. The 10% allocation of New Zealand revenue that goes to the Live Performance pool is distributed according to the Performance Report practice (see the Live Music, Halls & Functions guide for details). Any analogous allocation to the digital streaming pool is paid quarterly.
What about songs that cannot be identified or are the subject of a dispute?
View our information guide on Unidentified Songs and Disputes for more information.