Recorded Music NZ has re-opened the consultation process in regards to the Cinema Exhibitors Licensing Scheme, and we would like to hear what you think.

Up to 31 August 2019 – we invite your feedback, and welcome an opportunity to talk directly with you around any issues you wish to raise.

By 1 November 2019 – we will get back in contact with all cinema exhibitors to update you on any proposed changes to the scheme.

From 1 January 2020 – the reviewed scheme will come into effect.

For more background information on the consultation process and the cinema exhibitors scheme please click here

Please forward any feedback, comments or queries to



Music plays a crucial role in creating the total cinema experience. Movie soundtracks play their own special role in films and the music played by an exhibitor before and after the film itself helps create the right atmosphere for customers. Because of these many benefits, the creators of the music used by cinema exhibitors are entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their work.

Recorded Music NZ offers a Cinema Exhibitors Licence, which provides the permissions needed to:

  • Communicate sound recordings used within films, movie previews and advertisements.
  • Play background music before and after film screenings – in theatres, foyers and any other public cinema spaces.

The Recorded Music NZ Cinema Exhibitor Licence Scheme came into effect from 1 April 2017. To assist current licenesees who hold a Recorded Music NZ Cinema Licence and those Cinema Exhibitors who may not have had the appropriate licence in place, a transition to the full rate is offered.

1 April 2017-31 Dec 2017

1 Jan 2018 – 31 Dec 2019 1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020 1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021
Annual rate of 0.04% of Gross Box Office Receipts Annual rate of 0.06% of Gross Box Office Receipts Annual rate of 0.08% of Gross Box Office Receipts

Annual rate of 0.10% of Gross Box Office Receipts

  1. GST Exclusive
  2. Subject to a minimum fee of $100.00 + GST per 6 month period.

You can apply for a Recorded Music NZ Cinema Exhibitors Licence here.

Click here for info sheet explaining the Cinema Exhibitors Licence.