Licensed music for your business.

Get the right advice from the authority in music licensing for commercial use.

Public performance licensing.

  • What is Public Performance Licensing?

    Public Performance Licensing refers to the legal obligations that businesses have to obtain permission to play music in a commercial environment. This is different from when you listen to music in a private environment i.e. at home or in the car.

  • Why aren’t my venue’s APRA/PPCA licence fees included in my Nightlife subscription?

    APRA and PPCA requires each venue to have its own public performance licences as every venue uses music and music videos differently, thus  attracting different licence fees. Nightlife covers the licences needed to supply the music, known as Mechanical Copyright Licences, but each venue is responsible for its own public performance licences.

  • Who are APRA|AMCOS and PPCA and why do we have to pay them for the right to publicly perform music?

    Ownership of music can get very complicated. There’s the composer, the writer, the artist, the performer plus the record company, music publisers etc. It would be nearly impossible to seek the permission of every owner/stakeholder within every piece of music used in your business.

    Performing Rights Organisations make this easier by offering licenses for all the music in their repertoire and any music that is owned by similiar organisations, globally.

    These are called blanket licenses. In return for these blanket licenses, Performing Rights Organisations charge a licensing fee based on the way their music is being used. This is then distributed back to their members as royalties. APRA/AMCOS is the Performing Rights organisation in Australia that collects and distributes royalties on behalf of the music publishing community i.e. songwriters, composers and music publishers. PPCA is the Performing Rights organisation in Australia that collects and distributes royalties on behalf of the owner of sound recordings i.e. record companies and sound recording artists.

    The easiest way to see this is that APRA/AMCOS members write the music and PPCA members record it. Sometimes the same person or group will write and record a song and they will get royalties from both organisations.

  • What are my licensing requirements?

    There are three main considerations when using music in a business:

    • Music you intend to play must be licensed for commercial use – which is what Nightlife supplies (CDs, MP3s, consumer streaming services are for private use only);
    • A licence to publicly perform any published music – or an APRA License is required
    • A licence to publicly perform any sound recordings – or a PPCA License is required

    It can get a little confusing but don’t worry, we have a team of licensing experts, who can help you understand exactly what your business needs.

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When you're a Nightlife customer, you'll have access to our team of licensing experts to help you understand exactly what you need. Call us on 1800 679 748 or fill out the form below to find out more.

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