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If you want to play music at your business, you'll need to apply for the appropriate copyright licences.

All music, be it live performances or background music, CDs or music videos, karaoke or DJs, is the intellectual property of its creator/s, and is protected under Australian copyright laws. To comply with these laws, a business that wants to play any kind of music must have a licence from all of the copyright owners.

Generally, there are 2 kinds of copyright you'll need to cover:

  1. Copyright in the musical work. This covers the composition (that is, the notes and lyrics). You can get this licence online from APRA AMCOS.
  2. Copyright in the sound recording. This covers the recorded version, and is usually produced by an artist or their record company. You can get this licence online from PPCA.
Apply for an APRA AMCOS licence onlineandApply for a PPCA licence online
  • your business details
  • details of how you'll be using music, and
  • details of an authorised person.
Apply for an APRA AMCOS licence onlineandApply for a PPCA licence online

Background music includes:

  • music played to your customers:
    • from, and copied onto, digital devices such as tablets and smartphones
  • the playing of music from CDs, radios and TVs
  • the use of music for your telephone-on-hold system, and
  • music used in areas not accessible to the public.

The fees you'll need to pay for both licences will change depending on your music usage.

Apply for an APRA AMCOS licence onlineandApply for a PPCA licence online

We're happy to help you with this transaction.

Feel free to call us on 13 77 88

Source url: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-licence-play-music-your-business