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Publishers require in-depth industry knowledge and experience. Find out what a publisher does, and the criteria to apply for membership.

What you need before you apply as a music publisher member

If you have formed a publishing company and wish to become a publisher member, you'll need to meet the following requirements:

  1. You have registered and are operating a bona fide music publishing business in Australia, New Zealand and/or a South Pacific Nation.
  2. You must have a signed standard publishing agreement with a minimum of one writer who is a member of APRA or an affiliated international PRO (Performing Rights Organisation), or who has a signed sub-publishing agreement with a foreign publisher that represents a minimum of one writer who is a member of an affiliated international PRO.
  3. Your standard publishing agreement must include a clause recognising the prior and/or subsequent assignment of performing rights by the composer/songwriter to APRA or an affiliated international PRO.
  4. You control copyright in a minimum of one work which has been recorded for commercial release or published in some other form (by right of above publishing agreement).
  5. You must have a local bank account located in Australia, New Zealand or a South Pacific Nation.
  6. You can provide a Certificate of Registration of a Business Name or Company from ASIC or the NZ Companies Office, which must match the company/business name on your application.
  7. The ‘status’ of your ABN, IRD or NZBN on your application must be active/registered and cannot change once elected.
  8. You can provide a document listing the names, email addresses and phone numbers of the office holders of the Company. We will also expect details on legal songwriter agreements with writers.

What happens next?

Once you successfully complete the initial assessment, you'll receive application forms for publisher membership via email. Once you have returned the completed, signed and witnessed application forms, they will be submitted to the APRA AMCOS Board for review. The Board meet approximately every 2 months.

When the APRA & AMCOS Board are satisfied that you meet the basic criteria, you can be elected as a publisher member.