OneMusic Australia launches 2019

OneMusic Australia will be officially launched in the first half of 2019.

What is it?

OneMusic Australia will provide a one-stop shop for music license needs.

It aims to simplify the process of acquiring a public performance music licence by removing the existing requirements for businesses to obtain multiple licenses separately from APRA AMCOS (Australasian Performing Right Association and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society) and the PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd).

Previous administrative burdens will be significantly reduced and replaced with a straightforward eCommerce facility for the purchase and maintenance of music licences.

A licence from OneMusic will be a licence to play music from all countries, not just Australia.

Who will it impact?

Most businesses in Australia that play ‘background music’ including retail businesses, shopping centres, fashion stores, electronics stores, supermarkets, newsagents, health care providers, gyms, beauty salons, hair dressers, masseurs, spas and more.

It also covers businesses that use ‘featured music’ that is given prominence as a feature of the premises such as a DJ playing everything Thursday for late night shopping, dance venues and pubs.


OneMusic Australia is currently consulting on the development and implementation of the new and revised licence.

The consultation proposal for Retail and Service Providers intends “to review the way in which retailers and service providers are licensed to use music with a view to implementing a new, wide ranging and simplified music licensing scheme”. There are proposed annual fee structures based on membership tiers and the size of the location where music is audible. Comments are due by 29 June 2018.

What’s the difference between APRA AMCOS and PPCA?

APRA AMCOS grants licences for the live performance, broadcast, communication, public playing or reproduction of its members’ and affiliates’ musical works. They then distribute the licence fees collected to its approximately 95,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members, and affiliated societies worldwide.

PPCA grants licences for the broadcast, communication or public playing of recorded music (such as CDs, records and digital downloads or streams) and music videos. PPCA then distributes the net licence fees collected to its licensors (generally record labels) and registered Australian recording artists.

Previously business owners have been required to purchase two licences because the songwriter (represented by APRA AMCOS) and recording artist (represented by PPCA) are not always one and the same person or entity.

Why should I care?

A simplified music licensing system will:

  1. reduce your costs associated with ongoing reporting and administrative requirements (particularly through the new eCommerce platform);
  2. make it easier for you to support the artists you play in your business in a legally compliant way;
  3. achieve a more fair and equitable scheme across various industries;
  4. provide you with permission to access millions of original songs from around the world.

The world’s first music licence scheme to merge musical works and recorded music in one agreement launched in New Zealand four years ago. Australia’s approach builds on that initiative and has the potential to drastically cut red tape and redirect attention to the music and benefit it brings to business.

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