Background Music Licence - Australian Government


This licence authorises copyrighted music to be played in the background at your business.

A licence legally authorises the public performance of copyrighted music from within the Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA AMCOS) and Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) global inventory of registered songs (called works), sound recordings and music videos.

You would obtain a licence from OneMusic Australia depending on the type of business or organisation you are operating and this covers the rights of the above two organisations.

Service type


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
  • pay the appropriate licence fee.

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


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Which Licence Do I Need? (Opens in new window)

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
General All OneMusic Australia FAQs (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Copyright Act 1968 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Copyright Regulations 2017 Australian Government

Application process


Annual renewal is required.

Additional information

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
  • other services to the public.

Administering agency

Australasian Performing Right Association

OneMusic Australia

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries

OneMusic Australia

Australasian Performing Right Association

Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 5000
Strawberry Hills, New South Wales 2012
Phone: 1300 162 162
Website: OneMusic Australia (Opens in new window)