About APRA AMCOS

APRA AMCOS work to ensure that composers, songwriters and publishers are rewarded whenever, and wherever, their musical works are played, performed or reproduced and we help Australian & New Zealand music consumers get access to the world’s musical repertoire.

Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) was established in 1926 and now administers the performing and communication rights of 73,000+ composer, songwriter and music publisher members in Australia and New Zealand. Public performances of music include music used in pubs, clubs, fitness centres, shops, cinemas, festivals, whether performed live, on CDs or played on the radio or television. Communication of music covers music used for music on hold, music accessed over the internet or used by television or radio broadcasters.

Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS) collects and distributes mechanical royalties for the reproduction of its 10,900+ members’ musical works for many different purposes. These include the manufacture of CDs, music videos and DVDs, digital downloads and the sale of mobile phone ringtones, the use of production music and the making of radio and television programmes. Since 1997, APRA has managed the day-to-day operations of the AMCOS business.

Expense-to-Revenue Ratio

APRA has one of the lowest expense-to-revenue ratios in the world. Our current expense to revenue rate is 12.9%. Click here to see how we compare with other societies around the world.

APRA Authorisation by ACCC

APRA’s membership, licensing, distribution and international arrangements are all the subject of an “authorisation” by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). APRA chooses to seek authorisation from the ACCC since we represent the interests of many individual songwriters and music publishers on a collective basis and this has the potential to give rise to certain competition issues under the Trade Practices Act.

In April 2010 the ACCC granted APRA a new authorisation for a further period of three and a half years until 31 October 2013. In doing so, the ACCC found that APRA’s conduct and arrangements continue to result in a public benefit that outweighs any potential public detriment. APRA has applied for re-authorisation from the ACCC, a process it has undergone for more than 10 years. APRA’s submissions are available on the ACCC website

APRA welcomes the public process of the ACCC, and notes that the ACCC has invited submissions from interested parties by 24 May 2013.