APRA AMCOS advice for Music Customers wishing to stream concerts online from 1 October 2020

Thursday, 17 Sep 2020

As at 17 September 2020 (this advice is subject to change)

*If you are an APRA AMCOS songwriter or composer member seeking advice on live streaming music concerts during the COVID-19 lockdown please see the update here

In response to COVID-19 APRA AMCOS applied its live performance rate to online streaming of concerts on an interim basis. This has been under ongoing review and a new rate will apply from 1 October 2020 until 31 January 2021.

APRA AMCOS reserves the right to review each request on its individual circumstances, subject to the exclusion of some industry-specific schemes that already cover streaming and the fact that we do not necessarily control all the relevant rights that your business may require. 

IMPORTANT:

  • APRA AMCOS licences only apply to Australia and New Zealand
  • APRA AMCOS licences do not cover sound recordings
  • APRA AMCOS licences do not cover sync rights (e.g. where a concert has been recorded for delayed or on-demand streaming)

STREAMING MUSIC CONCERTS/PERFORMANCES FROM 1 OCTOBER 2020

Facebook/Instagram/YouTube

We have licences in place with these platforms that allow you to live stream our music in performances provided there is no charge to users.

If you want to use these platforms and charge a fee to view/access the performance or are otherwise commercialising the stream you will need to contact APRA AMCOS to obtain a licence. Please forward requests to medialicensing@apra.com.au.

The streaming of pre-recorded or saved performances of our music on these services may also require other clearances (such as synchronisation rights) from music publishers and/or record labels. Similarly, if you are looking to commercialise this activity you will need to contact APRA AMCOS to obtain a licence. Please forward requests to medialicensing@apra.com.au.

Own platform/platforms not licensed by APRA AMCOS

If you’re using your own website or a platform that doesn’t have a licence with APRA AMCOS you will need to get a licence from us. Please forward requests to medialicensing@apra.com.au.

If you are a live music venue and have a OneMusic Australia licence and wish to stream live performances please contact hello@onemusic.com.au OneMusic Australia will review your request and see if it falls under our COVID-19 online migration policy, where we treat the online event as if it was covered under your existing OneMusic Australia licence (please note until 31 October 2020).

For events where you are charging a fee to view/access the performance of our music, the licence fee will be the greater of 9.9% of gross revenue or a minimum fee of $82.50 per event (including GST). This rate is available on an interim basis until 31 January 2021 and remains under review and may be subject to change. 

Our licence will also allow you to stream pre-recorded or saved performances of our music on your own site but we note that there may be other necessary clearances (such as synchronisation rights) from music publishers and/or record labels you should obtain.

If your service will earn less than AU$25,000 in gross revenue per annum, you may want to take out the Online Mini Licence for Webcasting which will cover you for ongoing activity over 12 months


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