What is a Licensor?

A licensor is someone who holds the exclusive licence for the copyright in a sound recording and/or a music video.  This means you own the copyright in the recording itself – different from the copyright in the composition of a song which belongs to the song writer(s).

A licensor can be independent artists, distributors and record labels.

You’re also a licensor if you have an exclusive licence agreement for New Zealand with the owner of a recording.  An example of this would be a local record label/distributor releasing in New Zealand a recording owned by an overseas record label.

Registration as a licensor with Recorded Music NZ is open to New Zealand independent artists, distributors and record labels only. If you are the owner of an international recording and do not have an agreement with a New Zealand record label or distributor, repertoire can be submitted under reciprocal agreements held with Sound Exchange (USA) and PPL UK. Please contact Sound Exchange and PPL directly for details.

How do I register as a Licensor?

To register as a licensor, please complete, sign and return the Licensor Acceptance Document.

Prior to signing, you should refer to the following materials:

If you are an independent New Zealand recording artist, you might also wish to register as an artist.

Elect to become a shareholder in Recorded Music NZ

The licensor acceptance document asks if you would like to become a shareholder in Recorded Music NZ.

Once you have registered as a licensor you are eligible to become a shareholder, but this is up to you. If you would like to become a shareholder please sign the shareholder acceptance section of the Licensor Acceptance document.

Our Company Structure document also contains information that you might find useful before deciding whether you wish to become a shareholder.