• What is the difference between Recorded Music NZ and APRA?
    There are two separate copyrights in recorded music.

    Recorded Music NZ collects on behalf of the owners of sound recordings i.e. recording artists and labels.

    APRA collects on behalf of composers, songwriters and/or publishers – owners of musical works.

    OneMusic is a joint licensing initiative between APRA and Recorded Music NZ for all public performance licensing, offering one music licence covering both sets of rights.

  • My recordings are receiving airplay on radio and TV. Should I register with Recorded Music NZ?
    Yes, most definitely. Recorded Music NZ collects licence fees from broadcasters, webcasters and through OneMusic, businesses and organisations that play music in public. We then distribute these royalties amongst rights holders and NZ recording artists based on the recordings registered in our database. If you do not register, we can’t pay you. We also cannot distribute royalties retrospectively, so it’s important to keep track registrations up to date.
  • How much do I get paid and where does the money come from?
    The amount which you may receive is determined by your airplay for that distribution year against the total amount of the airplay received by all other recordings registered. A percentage based on the NZ airplay content logged for the distribution year is then set aside to be distributed amongst registered recordings. These funds are collected from Recorded Music NZ licensors such as broadcasters, public performance venues or special use compilers and production houses. Public performance royalties are collected through OneMusic, the joint licensing initiative between Recorded Music NZ and APRA.
  • I am receiving airplay outside of New Zealand. Do you collect these royalties?
    For some territories yes. Recorded Music NZ has bilateral agreements in place with PPL (UK) & Sound Exchange (US) and reciprocal agreements for certain webcasts with approximately 40 others countries worldwide. Due to differences in copyright legislation between New Zealand and these countries, conditions do apply on what recordings qualify so please contact our distribution team for more information.
  • My record company paid for my recording. Do they receive anything?
    Yes. Because your record company owns the copyright to your sound recording i.e. the master recording, it controls broadcasting and public performance rights and is entitled to a 50% share of any royalties payable.
  • How do I get an ISRC code?
    Please refer to the ISRC page.
  • What gives Recorded Music NZ the right to license New Zealand businesses for playing sound recordings in public?
    Recorded Music NZ’s right to license New Zealand businesses for the playing of sound recordings in public is conferred both under the Copyright Act 1994 and its various contractual agreements with a substantial number of both New Zealand recording artists and rights holders and international rights holders (Recorded Music NZ’s members). Recorded Music NZ was created under the Copyright Act to license the copyright in sound recordings owned or held by recording artists and rights holders. These copyright owners provide a mandate to Recorded Music NZ to act on their behalf.
  • It appears Recorded Music NZ has a monopoly on music licensing. Is this true?
    Recorded Music NZ mandate agreements with our members are “non-exclusive”. This means that music users are free, at any time, to arrange licensing directly with individual copyright holders. Recorded Music NZ offers a “blanket licence” product which provides the permission of a large number of sound recording owners at one time in respect of their communication, public performance and certain reproduction rights.

    As mentioned, this blanket licence is not the only way music users can obtain permission from these labels and artists. Those using our members’ music are free to approach them all direct and negotiate individual licence fees for the repertoire of recordings you wish to play.