Licence to Play Music in a Hotel or Bar - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to play recorded or live music in your venue, including creating copies of music for these purposes. The types of venues that may apply for this licence are:
  • hotels
  • pubs
  • bars
  • taverns
  • casinos.

This permit is only able to cover music used for purposes such as feature music, background music, live performances or telephone hold music. You will need a separate licence if you intend to use it for separate purposes such as function centres or dance classes. 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.

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

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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


One year.


ApplyApplicationFees will vary dependant on the activity you are applying for. Please consult the responsible Agency for more information on fees.

Additional information

To apply for this licence you must:
  • be at least 18 years old
  • submit the required forms
  • pay the prescribed fees.

Please contact the responsible Agency for more information.

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
New South Wales 2007
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5000
Strawberry Hills
New South Wales 2012


02 9935 7900


1300 852 388

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