We have a range of licences in place with record labels, streaming services and download providers to pay royalties generated from streams, digital downloads, USB, CDs, Vinyl, DVDs and karaoke to our members.
Releasing your own music online
The licensing requirements for a cover song, or your own published works are determined by the format of release. To make your songs available on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play etc., you do not need an APRA AMCOS licence as APRA AMCOS licenses major Digital Service Providers (DSPs) within the territory of New Zealand & Australia. You will require the services of an aggregator to get your music on these services.
Digital aggregators are used to distribute music across a range of DSPs. We aren’t able to recommend an aggregator but for more information on choosing one check out our article here.
If you would like to release songs for streaming or download from your website or Bandcamp page, you will require a Limited Digital Music Service agreement as you are acting as the Digital Service Provider. For more information, please contact us.
If you're a larger label seeking an ongoing agreement for sales to retail either online or over the counter, please get in touch so we can discuss licensing options with you.
Releasing CD, USB, Vinyl or DVD as an artist or smaller label
If you want to release a physical recording which includes covers, you require an Audio Manufacturing Licence to cover your use of the musical work.
What does the Audio Manufacture Licence cover?
This licence allows for the reproduction of music for the following purposes:
Sale at Performances
This licence does not cover:
The use of musical works in advertisements, sampling and lyric changes. You will need permission directly from the copyright owner before you can reproduce the works for these purposes.
The copying of sound recordings. Sound recordings are a separate protection under the Copyright Act. You usually need to obtain permission from the record company or recording artist who owns the rights in the recording.
Where you are recording AMCOS member's works/tracks (songs, compositions)
Calculate the share of AMCOS member works/tracks of the total number of works/tracks
Multiply this by their recommended retail price (RRP) (ex GST)
Multiply this by the number of units manufactured
Multiply this by 6%*
Minimum fee of 5 cents per unit (ex GST)
*This 6% is a guide only - royalties are dependent on members’ shares of the works they have written or published.Once you have advised details of your proposed physical recording we will exactly advise who the rights holders are, their royalty shares etc and issue you a detailed invoice. This percentage excludes the APRA AMCOS processing fee, which directly relates to the number of works licensed each year
Joe’s band records an album of 10 tracks. Eight tracks are written by the band and two tracks are covers of another songwriter (an APRA AMCOS member).
Joe and the band decide to produce 500 CDs of the recording and plan to sell each CD for $15 ex GST.
Joe and the band’s audio manufacture licence payment would be: Two covers divided by the 10 total tracks (0.2), multiplied by the $15 RRP, multiplied by 500 units they will produce, multiplied by 6%. Their fee would be $90 (ex GST).
What you need to know before applying for a licence
Licence processing can take between three to six weeks depending on the complexity of application.
Granting of your licence is dependent on payment of the tax invoice/s and payment options.
The Audio Manufacture Licence only applies to physical copies. If you would like to make copyright works available digitally please email our digital team
When you are ready to commence the licence process, after selecting licence application below, right click and select ""Save As"" to save a copy of the document (pdf) to your computer before filling out the application.
Has collected royalties directly from an artist, or
Wants to waive royalties for any other reason?
You need to complete an Audio Manufacturer Direct Licence form. When a direct deal is in place, this form makes sure we aren't doubling up on collecting royalties. You can then freely deal direct on your share of the work, and other shares of royalties in that work will remain unaffected.