APRA AMCOS vs. Recorded Music NZ – what’s the difference?
APRA AMCOS administers the performing and some of the reproduction rights in songs and compositions, Recorded Music NZ administers the performing and some of the production rights in ‘sound recordings’ on behalf of record companies and recording artists.
Take the song ‘Nature’ by The Fourmyula as an example. Wayne Mason wrote ‘Nature’ in 1969. However, in 1992, The Mutton Birds released a cover version of the song ‘Nature,’ from their debut album. APRA AMCOS collect royalties for Wayne Mason because he wrote the song, and Recorded Music NZ collect royalties for the owner of the original Formyula recording as well as the owner of The Mutton Birds recording as they are separate master recordings owned by separate record labels
Learn more about Recorded Music New Zealand.