APRA AMCOS Summary Guide to Distribution Practices for Public Performance Licence Fees

We have categorised licensed uses into ‘like’ groups below and then listed an “at a glance” summary of the data sources we use for the payments (distributions) we make to our members and affiliated overseas societies

In FY17 we paid out $336m (out of $387m in collections – an expense ratio of just 13.1%) to over 1.3m unique songs written by over 18,000 local and overseas composers.

Live Music

Direct reports

  • Performance returns from APRA and affiliated members.

Concerts & Festivals

Direct reports (per event)

  • Setlists (main and support acts) from concert promoters.
  • Music recognition software

Background Music

Proxy data

  • Radio airplay data from commercial and community radio stations.
  • Direct data from background music suppliers.
  • Playlist data from digital music streaming services.
  • And for dining establishments to songs from affiliated societies representing the most commonly used dining ethnicities.

Background Television

Proxy data

  • Broadcast data from TV networks.
  • Broadcast data from pay-TV music channels.

Recorded Featured Music & Music for Dancing

Samples and proxy data

  • Music recognition software (by agreement with venue).
  • ARIA Dance Charts.
  • Radio Airplay data from selected commercial radio stations.

Cinema & Film Festivals

Direct reports

  • Box office data from cinema distributors

Airlines

Direct reports

  • Performance data from airlines.

Karaoke

Proxy data

  • Radio Airplay data from commercial radio stations.
  • Performance returns from APRA and affilaited members.
  • And to songs from affiliated societies representing the most commonly used karaoke music sources (e.g. Korea and Japan).

Halls, Eisteddfodau, Dance Schools , Music in the Workplace , Community Groups & Venues for hire

Proxy data

  • Performance returns from APRA and affiliated members.

Fitness Centres

Samples and proxy data

  • Direct data from fitness class suppliers.
  • Radio Airplay data from commercial radio stations.
  • Playlist data from digital music streaming services.

Sporting Events/Codes

Direct reports & proxy data

  • Performance data from sporting codes.
  • Radio airplay data from commercial and community radio stations.
  • Broadcast data from TV networks.

Music On Hold

Proxy data and direct claims

  • Radio Airplay data from commercial radio stations.
  • Classical music airplay data.
  • Radio jingles.
  • Member claims.

In the broadest sense, APRA AMCOS’s distribution policy is to determine the sensible balances between data accuracy and the cost of collecting that data.  Where it is cost-effective to collect direct data we will, if it is not we will consider the use of sample data and/or music recognition technology, and then proxy sources representing as analogous music use as possible.

The information provided above is a summary guide only, for more detail please refer to our distribution rules and practices:

Distribution Rules & Practices

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