COVID-19 Response – Important Information for Schools

At 8th October 2020

APRA AMCOS recognises that this is a very challenging time for schools, teachers and students. Educators are needing to quickly develop content and adapt to the online delivery of music education. We are working with our writer and publisher members to ensure that schools can continue to rely on the APRA AMCOS Schools Music Licences for their educational activities in these difficult circumstances.

Digital copying and sharing of sheet music

Although the AMCOS School Print Music Licence does not normally allow for digital reproduction of sheet music, we understand that at this time it is imperative for schools to be able to share whole musical works in digital formats with students and staff. We are therefore temporarily providing a gratis licence (on an emergency and non-precedential basis) to allow all schools to digitally copy and share sheet music, whether students are participating remotely or in person. The licence is effective from 16 March through to 31 December 2020, with an extension available should schools remain closed, or partially closed, after that date.

This gratis licence is offered under the following conditions: 

  • Sharing must be via a password protected school system;
  • Students should only have access to the music they require for educational purposes;
  • Only music that is permitted to be photocopied under the AMCOS Print Music Licence may be reproduced/shared (i.e. no music for the purposes of private tuition and no tutor books); and
  • Digital copies are to be destroyed/deleted immediately after quarantine had ended.  

Sharing recordings of music

The APRA AMCOS ARIA A/V Licence has long covered schools for the digital reproduction and sharing of recordings of music via a password protected school system, as well as live streaming of school performances on a school website. 

As an emergency measure to assist schools in their end of year activities, we have been able to temporarily expand permissions in the A/V Licence. The A/V licence now allows schools to share audio and audio-visual recordings of school events at which musical works and sound recordings are played, in the following ways:

  • Upload to the school website;
  • Send as an attachment to an email/message to the school community; 
  • Upload to an official school social media page on platforms such as Facebook and YouTube (although please note that posts may be taken down by those platforms); and 
  • Upload to an education app used by the school for official communication with the school community

Schools may also live stream a school event at which a sound recording or musical work is played via their own website or on a streaming or video conferencing platform such as Facebook or Zoom. Please be aware, however, that streams may be taken down or blocked by those platforms.

We are also conscious that many schools continue to deliver their classes remotely and greater flexibility is required. For files in which a musical work or sound recording has been incorporated, such as a video produced by a teacher or student, slide show or PowerPoint presentation, those can be shared in the following ways:

  • Upload to the school website;
  • Send as an attachment to an email/message to the school community; and
  • Upload to an education app used by the school for official communication with the school community

Please contact us at schools@apra.com.au if you have any questions about the APRA AMCOS Schools Music LicencesYou can also contact the Australian Copyright Council or the National Copyright Unit (NCU) for general copyright assistance and advice. 


There are three APRA AMCOS music licences that enable schools to legally perform and reproduce what they need to deliver their education programs:

1. APRA Performance Licence

2. AMCOS Print Music Licence

3. APRA AMCOS ARIA Music Recordings and Access (A/V) Licence.

Most schools will require all three licences to fully cover their musical activities. All government schools in Australia are covered by the three licences automatically through their state or territory Department. Catholic and independent schools can opt in to each licence through their peak governing body.

Note re: filming of school concerts - under our music licences with primary and secondary schools, the school is able to film the concert themselves and share with the school community. The school can also give permission to parents to film their child’s concert for private and domestic use. Please note this covers music copyright only, and you might need permission for other copyright materials captured in the recording (eg: choreography, artwork, costumes).

If you're not sure what activities are covered and what activities are not covered by the licence, read our Licence Info Guide.

Licence info guide

We’re here to help you. Please contact us on 1300 852 388 or email schools@apra.com.au.


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