OneMusic has developed more than 20 new industry-based licence schemes (e.g. Hotels, and Workplace and Telephone on Hold Music) and is rebranding a number of existing joint APRA AMCOS and PPCA schemes (e.g. Eisteddfodau and Child Care).  We released the first of our consultation papers in May 2017. Almost all of our consultations have now concluded. Those consultations have included numerous meetings with interested parties (generally industry-based peak bodies) and responding to more than 300 submissions/enquiries. For those consultations that have finished the papers are available on request if you would like a copy – email

We aimed to balance a desire for simple rate structures against user demand for granularity. The two are not always compatible and where we opted for simplicity but the industry requested otherwise, we generally responded to those requests. We considered different rate structures for the schemes but have tried to use those that are industry-appropriate, simple for you to calculate and report, transparent to allow our team to check declarations, and importantly reflect relative levels of music use or music consumption.

For each industry scheme we looked at the existing APRA AMCOS and PPCA rate structures and considered new structures. For example, our fitness class rate is essentially the aggregate amount of the old APRA AMCOS and PPCA rates, but for Hotels we consulted on a completely new structure. In some instances the old separate APRA AMCOS and PPCA rates will continue for a period (but invoiced together under the OneMusic brand) while consultations continue.

We looked at five criteria in proposing a rate structure for the use of music.  

  1. We do not believe that rates should be the same for all businesses. For example, it is not right that a beauty salon should be licensed under the same rate structure as a nightclub.
  2. Rates should where possible be scaled so that ‘smaller’ businesses pay less than ‘larger’ businesses. For example, a small retailer should not pay the same licence fee as a major department store. To achieve this the retail background music rate is based on the store’s size in square metres.
  3. For most schemes we wanted to achieve a “revenue neutral” outcome. What we mean by that is across those of you who were already correctly licensed for APRA AMCOS and PPCA rights, our intention is that the OneMusic licence fees would be no greater. Of course with new rates and metrics that can’t mean everyone’s fees will stay the same - some licensees will see increases and some will experience decreases. There were some exceptions to this revenue neutral approach, for example the Retail & Service Provider scheme, where some rates had not been reviewed in 20 years.
  4. The guideposts we used in setting the OneMusic rates were the existing already widely-accepted rates in Australia.
  5. Where we thought it appropriate for a range of circumstances we have proposed a phase-in to the new rate in order to give time for the industry to adjust.

Our use of capacity to determine your licence fee has been the subject of music discussion throughout the consultations.  We believe that capacity-based rates are a convenient and transparent indication of the value of music that requires minimal compliance work and evidence taking. We absolutely acknowledge that businesses often operate below capacity and we took this into account when setting what we believe are fair and equitable rates.

A number of the schemes look slightly different to the final position paper. Changes have occurred where we have technically not been able to implement the proposed rates. Where we have varied (e.g. the lower rate for music in car parks for shopping centres) we have tried to do so in a way that you will be generally better off financially.

The list of industries where consultation remains open is below. The fact that consultation has not yet been completed does not change the requirement for business using our music to take out a licence. Where consultations are ongoing, licences are still available.


Promoted Events and Eligible Outdoor Events

General Entertainment Events and Free Music Events

Previous Events consultation papers:

Hotel, Pub, Tavern or Bar 

The consultation for Recorded Music for Dance and Featured Recorded Music rates has been completed.

Previous Hotel, Pub, Tavern or Bar consultation papers:

Recorded Music for Dance

The consultation for Recorded Music for Dance or 'RMFD' has been completed.

Previous Recorded Music for Dance consultation papers:

The list of industries where consultation has concluded:

  • Airlines
  • Clubs
  • Cinema
  • Community Halls
  • Councils
  • Cruise Ships
  • Dance and Performance Instructors and Schools
  • Dining
  • Eisteddfodau
  • Fitness, Exercise and Wellbeing Providers and Instructors
  • Function, Convention and Conference Centres
  • Karaoke
  • Live Adult Entertainment
  • Places of Interest, Activity and Amusement
  • Public Vehicles and Vehicles for Hire 
  • Retail & Service Providers
  • Sports
  • Telephone on Hold Music
  • Workplace Music Use