Music Licensing for Business in New Zealand

Playing music in a business is a little different from listening to music at home. Since you're playing for an audience with a business and commercial purpose, you will need a licence from OneMusic.

Busy Street with a Variety of Businesses in Wellington

Music Licences in New Zealand

The content shown is a guide and not to be taken as direct legal advice. As per our terms and conditions, you are solely responsible for obtaining the correct licenses.

Businesses need three different licences to legally play music in their physical venue.

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    Recording Licence

    Recording Licence

    This covers the right to use a specific recording of a song.

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    Publishing Licence

    Publishing Licence

    This covers the right to use the original composition.

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    Public Performance Licence

    Public Performance Licence

    This allows you to play the song in a public environment.

Soundtrack Your Brand covers the first two licences, and in New Zealand, public performance licences are obtained through OneMusic which is a collaboration between APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ.

For information on music licensing in another country, please click here.

Soundtrack Your Brand

The Value of Soundtrack

We offer a licensed music service for commercial use, with great features such as scheduling tools and an explicit filter.

Soundtrack Your Brand is able to provide this via direct relationships with publishers, performing rights organisations and record labels (including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and more).

Our technology allows royalties to be fairly and accurately distributed back to music creators. Our Unlimited tier provides royalty payments that are approximately 5 times higher than those from streaming services for private use.

Playing Music at home

Unsupported Services

Services such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Tidal and Deezer are not suitable for use in business. These platforms are for personal, private use only - it is not legal to use them when playing music to an audience and you could risk being faced with a fine.

"You can’t broadcast or play Spotify publicly from a business, such as bars, restaurants, schools, stores, salons, dance studios, radio stations, etc. To play in a commercial environment, check out our friends at Soundtrack Your Brand."

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Steps to become fully licensed in New Zealand

1) Trial Soundtrack

Start our 14 day free trial to use our properly licensed business music service immediately. No payment or commitment required.

2) Get a Public Performance Licence

Soundtrack customers must obtain a separate public performance right licensed from OneMusic, visit their website to get yours.

3) Subscribe to Soundtrack

Enjoy the world's best business music service while staying fully compliant. Select a plan and add your payment details to officially join Soundtrack.

More Information about Music Licensing in New Zealand

Overview

Businesses who play music, like cafés, bars and restaurants, shops, hairdressers, gyms, dance schools, offices, on hold music, and more, need permission (a licence) from the music creators.

The music licensing landscape in New Zealand is business friendly, as there is a blanket music licence available from OneMusic. OneMusic licence fees are distributed by APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ.

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OneMusic

History

In 2013, APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ established OneMusic New Zealand to simplify music licensing for New Zealand businesses. 

APRA AMCOS stands for Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS), they represent Songwriters, Composers and Music Publishers. Recorded Music NZ represents Recording Artists and Record Labels.

How to get a licence in New Zealand

Using the OneMusic website, businesses can learn more about the licence that they need, including related costs and the company information that will need to be shared. Application forms can be downloaded and completed, but will need to be emailed to process and activate the licence.