From perfecting form in class to end of year performances, music is there every step of the way.

Given the central role that music plays in dance, it's important that dance schools get the permissions they need to use music. OneMusic licences gives you the permission you need to use music, while helping to ensure that music creators are compensated for the use of their work.

There are four types of music licences for dance, covering the different ways that dance schools use music.

Dance Instruction Licence

The OneMusic Dance Instruction Licence grants dance schools permission to play music as a part of dance classes.


Number of Classes Offered per Week Annual Fee
1 - 5 $185.24
6 - 20 $432.24
21 - 40 $617.50
41+ $802.73
  • A class includes one-on-one and group dance tuition, where payment is made for instruction.
  • A separate event licence is required when music is used in a recital or end of year performance.
  • Rates include GST, and apply to the period 1 October 2019 – 30 September 2020.
  • Rates increase by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on the 1st October each year.

Copying music + Streaming Services

As well as playing music in classes, dance schools may also choose to supply music to their students for practice. If you copy CDs for your students, or create playlists on streaming services for students to access you require a OneMusic Dubbing licence. The OneMusic Dubbing licence gives you the permission you need to make physical copies for students (provided they are supplied free of charge), and authorises the temporary copying of music when using streaming services.

If you use music streaming services in your school, a Dubbing licence is required to create playlists for students to access, as well as to use streaming services to play music in your classes. Learn more about copying music and using streaming services here.

The Dubbing licence is included as a part of the Dance Instruction licence application form. If you supply music to students on CD, USB, play music in your classes using a streaming service or create playlists for students to access on streaming services, simply add the Music Dubbing licence when applying for your Dance Instruction licence.

Music Dubbing Fee
$296.40 per annum

Concerts and Dramatic Context Licences

Concert and Dramatic Context licences grant dance schools permission to play music as a part of end of year (or similar) concerts or theatrical performances. Licences for concerts and theatrical performances are administered through APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music New Zealand.

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Filming Performances

When you record performances you require permission to copy or reproduce the music included in the recording. This is different to the public performance of music, which the Dance Instruction, Concerts and Dramatic Context licences cover. The Domestic Use Video licence covers you for filming performances that include music, and making the recordings available to students, their friends and family for free or at cost. For more information or to apply for a licence to film performances visit the Domestic Use Video page. 


Why does my dance school need a music licence?

Using music in a business, commercial environment, or any other public setting is considered a 'public performance' under the Copyright Act (1994), and owners of music copyrights are entitled to be asked their permission and to charge a fee for the use of their work.

Any use of this music by a business or organisation requires the permission of music creators to use their music. A OneMusic licence grants businesses the legal permission they need to use virtually all music from anywhere in the world.

I use music provided with a dance syllabus - do I still need a licence?

In most cases the music included with dance syllabi requires a licence. There are however a few exceptions to this, please contact us if you are unsure whether the music you use requires a public performance licence.

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. You can access the Copyright Act (1994) here.

I use a music streaming service - why do I need a dubbing licence?

When you play music from a streaming service, temporary copies of songs are stored on your device. The OneMusic Dubbing Licence satisfies your obligations under the Copyright Act (1994) for the copying of music for the purposes of public performance.

It’s important to note that holding a Dubbing Licence does not grant you permission from the music streaming platform itself to use their service in a business or commercial setting. In most cases the terms and conditions of music streaming services do not allow you to use their service in a business or commercial setting.

Learn more about the music dubbing licence here.

Who is OneMusic?

OneMusic is the licensing brand for APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ. OneMusic licenses businesses that use music on behalf of APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ, who return the licence fees collected to music creators – songwriters, composers, music publishers, recording artists and record labels – as royalties.

Both are member organisations, which means that after administration costs all money collected is returned to music creators as royalties. 

Where does the money go?

OneMusic pays all money collected to APRA and Recorded Music NZ to distribute to their members - songwriters, composers, music publishers, recording artists and record labels.

Licence fees for the OneMusic Dance Instruction Licence are distributed by analogy using data we receive from commercial radio stations, student, community and iwi radio stations, television networks, music streaming services and background music suppliers.

Licence fees for Concerts and Dramatic Context performances are are distributed directly to the creators and owners of the works performed using set lists we receive from dance schools.

APRA and Recorded Music NZ are both member organisations, which means that after administration costs, all money collected is distributed to music creators as royalties.


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