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Distribution guide for publisher members



AMCOS’ quarterly distributions are named after the year and the quarter in which royalties are invoiced and data is processed (one quarter after activity occurs), using a YYMM naming convention. For example, AMCOS distribution 2203 is for the March (03) quarter of 2022 (22).


All distributable AMCOS revenue is paid quarterly, with the exception of the following:


  • Advertising Pay Per Use (AMCOS New Zealand only)


  • Schools Photocopying - June quarter
  • Schools Audio & Video Reproduction – June quarter
  • Screenrights Musical Works – June quarter
  • Tertiary – June quarter

Major Label Service Agreement (MLSA) Distribution Periods

  • Q1: January – March is distributed in May
  • Q2: April – June is distributed in August
  • Q3: July – September is distributed in November
  • Q4: October – December is distributed in March

For more information, please see AMCOS Distribution Rules and AMCOS Distribution Practices