We care about ensuring the licence fees you pay are distributed in the most economical and accurate way possible. We deduct our expenses from the revenue we receive and then distribute your fees to the songwriters, composers and music publishers whose works we have licensed to you.

 For every dollar we collect, about 85 cents is returned to music creators. At about 15 per cent, our costs compare very favourably to organisations providing the same service overseas. 

In recent years the volume of data we receive and process has increased rapidly alongside the growth in digital music services. We are mindful to ensure the costs of collecting music use information are balanced against our desire for accuracy. Our distribution practices are subject to the approval of the APRA and AMCOS Boards and will use a combination of techniques.

Direct allocationRoyalties paid directly to the songwriter/composer with reported use of their music. Direct allocations are made in many other areas including concert promoters, streaming services and production music.
- Individual commercial radio and television stations reporting the music they broadcast;
- Digital download services and record labels according to the tracks or CDs they sell and sales volumes.

Sample analysisAllocating royalties according to sampled data which groups and distributes data based on the results.

- Surveys on music from sample licensees like schools and community radio stations,

Third party data - Data from third parties who supply us with music use reports.  

- Data from fitness class music provided by music providers
- Background music suppliers who provide us with music reports from businesses they service.

Music Recognition Technology (MRT) -  Services using digital fingerprinting and audio-recognition to match performances/broadcasts to their databases.
Distribution by analogy
 – Using existing data sources we add revenue to distribution pools where collecting data is unavailable.

- Distribution of licence fees from premises playing televisions based on broadcast data received from television stations.

In certain circumstances we may use a combination of techniques for the one revenue source.

e.g. Nightclub licence fee distribution

- ARIA Club Charts (third party data) – 45%
- MRT (sample analysis and MRT) – 45%    
- Broadcast data from selected radio station logs (distribution by analogy) 10%.

View our full distribution rules and practices here.

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