Background Music Licence - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to play copyrighted music in your business.

This licence covers the use of any of the following devices for the broadcast of background music:

  • Background music systems, including CD, tape player, radio, music services, or each zone or channel of a multi-channel device;
  • Radios or TV sets or large screens; or
  • Audio or video juke boxes.

This licence will apply to you if you operate any of the following:

  • Hotel, club, motel, tavern or bar;
  • Restaurant or cafe;
  • Retail outlet;
  • Health or beauty service;
  • Fitness centre or trainer;
  • Theatre or cinema;
  • Corporate or business workplace;
  • School, university or other tertiary institution;
  • Dance school or eisteddfod organiser;
  • Community band, choir or performance group;
  • Hall, ice rinks, function or sports centre; or
  • Other services to the public.

Please note that there are different licensing regimes in Australia regarding the reproduction and playing of music and music videos that are protected by copyright:

  • Licensing in relation to the composition, or musical work, is administered by the Australasian Performing Right Association / Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society, (APRA AMCOS); and
  • Licensing in relation to the recording (for example, the CD or music in other formats) is administered by the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited (PPCA) and the Australian Record Industry Association Limited (ARIA).

This licence covers the composition only. Please note that depending on the nature of your activities you may also be required to hold a licence with the PPCA or ARIA. It is recommended that you discuss your licensing needs with all three Agencies prior to applying.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Apply using the relevant form; and
  • Pay the appropriate licence fee.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Prerequisites

Duration

Annual renewal is required.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Forms

Administering agency

Australasian Performing Right Association
Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society
Revenue and Licensing

Act(s) name

Copyright Act 1968 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Copyright Regulations 1969 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries, Licensing Services
Australasian Performing Right Association
Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society
Revenue and Licensing


Operating address:
16 Mountain Street
Ultimo
New South Wales 2007
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5000
Strawberry Hills
New South Wales 2012

Phone:

1300852388

Phone:

02 99357900
licence@apra.com.au

Supporting information

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