If you wish to arrange music or use it in print, online, advertisements, film or TV you need the permission and a licence from the copyright owners of the musical work and sound recordings. We can help you find the right contact.
Do I need an APRA AMCOS licence if I only play or copy music from overseas artists?
APRA AMCOS is part of a worldwide network of collecting societies connected through reciprocal licensing agreements. This network allows our members rights to be administered all over the world, and the rights of overseas composers to be represented in New Zealand and Australia. For example, PRSforMusic administers Lorde’s rights in the UK, and we administer Ed Sheeran’s here. Your licence fee contributes income to New Zealand songwriters and to songwriters from around the world.
How is APRA AMCOS able to license music use?
Whenever music is performed in public, communicated or reproduced the songwriter and their publisher may be entitled to a payment or royalty. The New Zealand Copyright Act gives writers 'economic rights' which cover certain uses of their music. By licensing and allowing the public performance, communication or reproduction of their music, songwriters can generate income known as royalties. Songwriters and their publishers have joined APRA AMCOS and together with our reciprocal arrangements with overseas societies, we are able to aggregate their rights to offer blanket music licences.