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Posted: Mon Jul 2, 2018 4:02 pm
APRA AMCOS helps creators get paid and give businesses easy ways to legally play and copy music.


When you write music, you own it. This ownership is called copyright, and it's the means by which composers and songwriters make a living from their work.

Copyright protection happens automatically in New Zealand and is governed by the Copyright Act. The minute you write down a song or record it in any form, your work is protected by law.


APRA AMCOS was established in 1926. We are a non-profit organisation, meaning that after administration costs, all money collected is distributed to our members.

We represent over 87,000 music writers and publishers across New Zealand and Australia for their performing, communication and mechanical (reproduction) rights.

Through agreements with similar organisations around the world we also represent more than two million writers and publishers globally. Through these affiliations we administer the rights of our international members and licence a worldwide repertoire of music.

How does APRA AMCOS help music creators?

When you join APRA AMCOS, you ask us to administer certain rights on your behalf. We act on behalf of our members, representing you when businesses want to use your music.

- We licence businesses to play, copy and record your music, including television and radio stations, websites, bars, cafes, nightclubs, gyms, retail stores and councils.

- We collect payments from businesses for using your music.

- We gather information about what music has been used where, and pay you royalties when we identify that your music has been used.

- We do collectively what would otherwise be very difficult for songwriters and composers to do independently.

Join Us

To be eligible to join APRA AMCOS, you just need to be a songwriter or composer whose music has been performed live in public, or played on radio or television. It's free to join and you can do it online.

Once you're a member we'll be able to pay you royalties when businesses play or copy your music. You'll also be eligible to enter our annual Silver Scroll Awards, attend seminars and workshops, apply for professional development grants and receive great member benefits.


Get in touch with our Member Services Team on 0800 69 2772 or visit our website.

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