Hotel + Accommodation

Music is key for accommodation businesses - it can mask unwanted noise and reduce perceived wait-times in reception, it sets the mood for the restaurant and it can motivate people to train harder in the gym.

The OneMusic Hotel & Accommodation licence covers the variety of ways that accommodation business use music, including music used in hospitality spaces, function rooms, foyers, lifts and general spaces, gyms, pools, recreation facilities, music on hold and copying music to play in the hotel.

Download our Licence Guide for more information.

Why does my business need a music licence?

Under the Copyright Act (1994), having permission from music creators to use their music in your business 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 have live performers play in your business. Your OneMusic licence gives you permission to play essentially all commercially released music from here and around the world.

I have paid for the music I play, so why do I need a licence?

Simply buying music does not provide the rights to use this music in a commercial or public setting. Music is sold for private/domestic use, so any use of this music by a business or organisation requires the permission of music creators to use their music. 

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.

I use a digital music service - why do I need a Music Dubbing licence?

When you play music in a business you need the permission to do so. Additional permission is also needed when you download, copy, or use a digital music service in your business.

Learn more about Music Dubbing here.

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.

Your OneMusic licence fee is distributed by APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ, who are the companies behind OneMusic. Each organisation has a commitment to their music creators and their own distribution policies.

Every month over 330 million lines of music data is analysed from digital music services, background music suppliers, radio stations, television stations, live performers and more. Live performances are directly distributed to music creators using set lists provided to us by musicians who have performed at venues.

After minimal administration costs all money collected is paid to our local and international music creators – songwriters, composers, publishers, recording artists and record labels.

Find out more from APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ.

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.

I'm hosting an event with a ticket price or entry fee of $35 or more - what licences do I require?

For all performances with an advertised ticket price or entry fee of $35 or more, event licences are required for each event.

For performances that are live only (for example a live band) an APRA event licence is required. For events that include both live music and recorded music (for example bands and DJs), a licence is required from both APRA for the rights to perform musical works, and Recorded Music NZ for the rights to perform sound recordings. 

Apply for event licences here:



 

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