As soon as you create a new song or piece of music, you have copyright in it. You don’t have to do anything to ‘get’ copyright, it’s there from the moment you write down the song.
Before anyone can use your music, they must ask you for permission. Under Australian Copyright Law, you can ask for payment for that use.
APRA|AMCOS administer the copyright for more than 68,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We take the headache out of tracking how and when your music is used and collecting the payments for use. Then, twice a year, we distribute royalty payments to our members for performances and uses of their music. It’s simple and it’s free to join.
APRA|AMCOS look after the copyright of all the songwriters, composers and music publishers in Australia.
APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) has been around for more than 80 years and makes sure that songwriters, composers and music publishers get paid
when their music is performed or used in public.
AMCOS (Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society) helps music creators get paid whenever their music is copied or recorded in some way. For example: on a CD, as a download from a website or as a mobile phone ringtone.
This means we only keep a small percentage of the money we collect to run our business. All the rest of the money is paid to copyright holders – songwriters, composers and music publishers.
If you write and own songs that are performed, broadcast or recorded in some way AND you join APRA|AMCOS, we can:
We’ll take care of the rest!
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