This licence covers the use of songs and compositions in theatrical productions. Music used in a 'dramatic context' within theatre, dance & shows.
Why is Dramatic Context different?
APRA normally licenses concerts and other non-dramatic performances of musical works under assignment from its membership. However, performances in a Dramatic Context are excluded from the assignment to APRA because copyright owners usually want to have greater control over the use of their works in productions where the works are selected for their dramatic value.
The key features in determining whether the use of music in a production is Dramatic Context are whether the production has a storyline and one or more narrators or characters (or whether the show is a Ballet.
Dramatic Context applications should be submitted approximately six to eight weeks prior to performance, with three weeks as a minimum. This allows for the music research required to determine copyright ownership, publishing and availability.
APRA AMCOS will confirm the type licence required for your event and advise on music availability within three to five days of receiving your application (there may be slight delays during peak periods).
When all music has been approved for your production, we can then grant a licence agreement to cover the use of music for the performance period as per your application.