Why do you need a licence to use music in your business?

When music is played and/or performed live, made available online or copied, the business authorising that music use almost always requires a licence. This covers the rights of the songwriter, composer and music publisher who made and own the piece of music. Music directly benefits thousands of businesses in Australia: from digital download services and record labels, through to broadcasters and nightclubs, schools and cinemas to shops and restaurants who use music to attract and retain customers.

It is not just important for you to have permission from the copyright owners and pay for the right to use music for the benefit of your business but a legal requirement too.  At APRA AMCOS we’ve done the hard work for you so you do not have to contact the owners of each piece of music of music you play, broadcast, stream, download or copy.  

Our licences: 

  • Provide a one-stop shop for the world’s repertoire of music
  • Are designed to suit your business and you only pay for what you need
  • Are in our view the easiest and most cost-effective way to access public performance, broadcast, communication and reproduction rights to music
  • Ensure songwriters, composers and music publishers are paid fairly for their music

Uses of music licensed by APRA AMCOS includes background music, live performances, call waiting music, karaoke, radio and TV broadcasts, music on your website and much more. If music is a part of your business either for customers or staff then you will need a licence. Most businesses will generally be covered by one simple licence agreement. We also handle more complex licences for events, multi-premise businesses, web portals, music streaming services and production studios.

If you are interested in reading more on copyright from an independent source, visit the Australian Copyright Council website.

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