You will require this licence if you intend to operate a nightclub and play copyrighted music for dance use.
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.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
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.
The annual rate of payment is calculated at 85 cents per person admitted to the nightclub.
Australasian Performing Right Association
Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society
Revenue and Licensing
Copyright Act 1968 (Australian Government)
Copyright Regulations 1969 (Australian Government)
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