From cultural events, celebrations and movie nights to music activities in libraries, music is an essential tool for those tasked with making towns and cities great places to live.

Alongside sustainability and engagement, good governance extends to covering off legal responsibilities when using music. OneMusic offer simple annual licences that grant councils the permission they need to use our music, while supporting the people that make the music that help our towns and cities hum.

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 Through the combined repertoire of APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ, OneMusic offer licences that cover the use of essentially all commercially released music available from here and around the world. With the licence fee based on a simple per-resident rate, a Council can be covered for the use of music at a wide range of community events and venues, including community halls, libraries, parks, pools and recreation centres. 


How is the Council Licence calculated?

The licence is calculated based on a Per Resident Fee. OneMusic uses the latest estimated resident population data from Each year we confirm this figure with and update the council’s resident population.

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What is not covered under this licence?

The licence doesn’t cover music use in any council-controlled organisation, or music in fitness centres or fitness classes where there is a charge for admission or membership to the facility, or ticketed Events.

Council-controlled organisations and fitness centres need to be licensed separately.

For full details on what the licence covers see the terms and conditions on the Licence Agreement.

What about ticketed Events?

This licence does not apply if a) tickets are sold to the public or b) if fees are paid to performers exceed $5,000 (excl GST). The promoter or event producer will need to obtain the appropriate event licence from both APRA and if sound recordings are used, Recorded Music NZ.

Apply for event licences here:

APRA AMCOS  Recorded Music NZ

What about a third parties hiring a council premises?

When a third party wishes to hire out council building, be them community halls and the like, the third party will need to ensure they obtain a separately licence specific to their music use. Click here for the different licenses available. 

Why do councils need a music licence?

Under the Copyright Act (1994), having permission from music creators to use their music outside of a domestic setting (a 'public performance') is a legal requirement. This permission is required regardless of how you play music – whether you play the radio, CDs, use digital music services, or host live performers or DJs. Your OneMusic licence gives you permission to play essentially all commercially released music from here and around the world.

Is holding a licence to play music a legal requirement?

Yes it is - the Copyright Act (1994) clearly establishes public performance rights, protecting the rights of music creators. The Copyright Act also outlines the penalties for anyone in breach of the Act. You can access the Copyright Act (1994) here.

What should I be aware of when using music for political purposes?

While there’s little doubt that music can empower political messages and galvanise supporters, political parties should be aware of the complexity and risks involved when using music for political purposes at events and in videos, whether on social media or in advertising.

Click here to view the Political Parties’ Guide to Music Licensing. This guide sets out risk management factors that political parties and political organisations should consider in advance of using music for political purposes.

Who is OneMusic?

OneMusic is a joint licensing initiative between APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ. Many music creators around the world earn an income by granting organisations, like ours, the right to collect and pay their royalties.

OneMusic simplifies the licensing process and allows music users to meet their copyright obligations to play our music in their business.

Where does the money go?

When you hear about music royalties, that’s what we do. Licence fees are distributed to songwriters, composers, publishers, recording artists and record labels, by APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ, who are the companies behind OneMusic. Click here to find out more.

Who can verify that I need a OneMusic licence?

Click here to find out more about why you need a licence and the authenticity of our rights from other industry and government bodies and New Zealand associations.


Want to know more? Read the full FAQs here, or call us on 0800 800 663 - we're here to help.