More music, less paperwork!

From 1st August 2015 the ticket price threshold for hosting featured music is being raised from $25 to $35. This means that you can host more bands, performers and DJs in your business without needing to take out a stand-alone event licence.

As well as adjusting the ticket price threshold for businesses hosting featured music, from 1st August 2015 we are also updating the standard terms and conditions of our licence agreements. The main changes being:

  • The threshold for featured music performances that require an APRA Event Licence has been raised from $25 to $35.
  • For further clarification, the definition of ticket price now refers to an “advertised ticket price of $35 or more”.
  • All references to PPNZ Music Licensing have been updated to now refer to Recorded Music New Zealand Limited (PPNZ re-branded as Recorded Music NZ in June 2013).
  • The Licence Year definition has been updated and now reads “Licence Year means any 12 month period or part thereof commencing on the day which is the first day of a month and nearest the Commencement Date or the anniversary of that date as the case may be.”
  • The Premises definition has been updated and now reads “Premises means premises owned or occupied by you and being those listed in Section 2 above.”

Click here to read the full terms and conditions.

Why the change?

In most cases, hospitality businesses and venues hold a OneMusic Hospitality Licence to cover the public performance of background music. If a hospitality business or venue also hosts live music or DJs, the licence is extended to cover featured music such as bands, soloists, DJs and karaoke performances. The featured music licence fee is calculated at a per day rate, covering the number of days a business hosts featured music.

The featured music licence is subject to a ticket price threshold – meaning that performances with a ticket price over a certain amount are not covered by the licence. When businesses host music events with a ticket price over the ticket price threshold, they are required to take out an event licence through APRA for each event.

The change means hospitality businesses can now host more bands, DJs and music events under their OneMusic Hopitality Music Licence, while supporting the people that make the music we love.

If you are planning an event with a ticket price of $35 or more, click here to apply for an APRA event licence, or for more information visit the APRA AMCOS website.

If you have any questions about the changes, please contact or if you would like to discuss an event you’ve got planned, contact Lisa Green.

For more information read the OneMusic Hospitality Information Sheet, or the Concerts and Events Information Sheet.