What we do

Recorded Music NZ represents recording artists and right holders in Aotearoa through licensing, advocacy and promotion.

Our vision 

is a thriving music industry in Aotearoa. 

Our mission

is to enhance and promote the value of recorded music in and from Aotearoa.

Our Priorities

Maximise returns for right holders and recording artists. We act on behalf of right holders to licence music users and collect revenues.  From those revenues we deduct our costs and return the remainder to right holders and registered recording artists via distributions.  We maximise returns through operating fairly and efficiently.

We licence radio and television broadcasters to use our members recordings and provide licences for certain webcast services. Through OneMusic, a joint initiative with APRA, we also licence businesses around the country to use our members’ music in public.

Support development of a sustainable recorded music market through providing market analytics and recorded music data to our stakeholders and industry, leading professional development initiatives, and supporting a range of educational and charitable projects via collaborations and our Music Grants program.

Our Member Services team also manages member track registrations & ISRC codes, collects and analyses music-use data from broadcasters and others using our members’ music and manages the distribution of royalties to the owners of the music used each year.

Advocate for the collective interests of recording artists and right holders to a range of audiences including government, other industry organisations and the wider music and creative community.  We strive to improve copyright law and the legal and regulatory environment for recording artists and right holders. 

Promote and celebrate recording artists, their recordings and the recorded music industry in Aotearoa, through activities such as the Aotearoa Music Awards, The Official NZ Music Charts and the NZ Music Hall of Fame | Te Whare Taonga Puoro o Aotearoa.

View/download our Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles HERE.

Our guiding principles

We exist to serve the collective interests of recording artists and right holders  

We are leaders in fostering a safe, respectful and inclusive culture

We acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua of Aotearoa & we are committed to our journey to respect and honour Te Ao Māori

We act with integrity and are honest, conscientious, and fair

Recorded Music NZ is a member of WeCreate, a founding member of SoundCheck Aotearoa, founding member and co-chair of Auckland UNESCO City of Music and a board member of MusicHelps, and NZ On Screen’s Digital Media Trust which oversees AudioCulture. We are also Founding Partner of IMNZ‘s Taite Music Prize, and with our partners at APRA, are Trustees of the NZ Music Hall of Fame | Te Whare Taonga Puoro o Aotearoa.