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Music Licensing Changes to take effect in 2019

APRA AMCOS and PPCA have developed OneMusic Australia, a simple approach to getting a music license that covers all music copyright licensing and compliance. This will affect business owners who use music in a retail or service provider business. 

Expected to launch in the first half of 2019, OneMusic Australia will be the biggest overhaul of the country's music licening system in almost a century. 

At this stage, OneMusic Australia will encompass a huge number of APRA AMCOS and PPCA’s existing licences for the performance of music in business. Some licensing will remain separately managed by the two organisations. For example, TV and radio broadcast, digital music services and record label licensing arrangements will remain as they currently are.

Business owners can make a decision to use music or not.

If your business does not use any copyright music in any areas of the business you will not need a licence from the music creators represented by APRA AMCOS and PPCA, and therefore by OneMusic Australia.

Please be aware that under Australian copyright law as a business if you use any copyright music that falls within APRA AMCOS’s or PPCA’s repertoire, you must ensure that you have permission for this use, from them or the content owners themselves. Without a licence for ALL copyright music use in your business you are in breach of copyright legislation.

The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) encourages members who play music on their premises to become familiar with the OneMusic Australia Licensing update. 

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