Dance Schools and Performance Instructors

Dance Schools and Performance Instructors

Music is an essential part of a Dance School. A OneMusic licence will allow you to use virtually any commercially released music - our music - to keep your students 'on their toes'.

Please note that while you may have paid for a copy of the syllabus music this does not actually provide permission to publicly perform our music – that’s where OneMusic can come in!

This Dance and Performance Instructors and Dance Schools licence scheme is designed for our music used in a dance school or when tutoring clients in dance, acting or performance. You may teach line dancing, ballet, square dancing, jazz, hip hop, drama, theatre jazz, lyrical, belly dancing, latin, ballroom or folk right through to acro, aerial silks, acting and voice performance training. Our music used in classes, lessons, rehearsals, dance events and concerts, recitals and performances are all part of this licence scheme.

This scheme excludes Zumba classes which are covered in the Fitness Centre and Fitness and Wellbeing Instructors scheme.

If you have 6 or more locations, please complete this form instead:

I have already paid for music provided as part of a syllabus why do I have to pay OneMusic again to license it for public performance?

Organisations that provide syllabus music where the work and/or the sound recording is protected by copyright pay a fee to reproduce the music onto a CD, digital file, or other media as part of their business.

As those organisations are the ones reproducing the music, the onus is on them to make sure the appropriate rights for that reproduction are cleared.

A separate right is the PUBLIC PERFORMANCE right, that is, the right to play that music as part of your business. For any business that plays music that is protected by copyright in a public performance – for example a dance school, a shop, a bar, a venue for hire, or a gym – the onus is on them to make sure the appropriate rights for that public performance are cleared.

Why do I need a licence when I use a streaming service in my dance business?

Firstly, it shows that your organisation respects and supports songwriters and recording artists - creators of Australian culture. Secondly, if you use music within your business that is protected by copyright, then legislation requires permission (a licence) from the creators of that music. And last but not least - you benefit by using music: keeping your students motivated and developing their talents to showcase to their family and friends.

Music creators generally authorise two organisations to administer their rights in Australia - APRA AMCOS (composers and music publishers) and PPCA (recording artists and record labels). A OneMusic Australia licence bundles all those rights into one licence that simplifies the process of gaining the required permission to use music that’s in OneMusic Australia’s repertoire. Without this licence you would, for example, need to deal directly with the composers, songwriters, music publishers, recording artists and record labels who own the rights in the music you wish to use.

You need to get a OneMusic Australia licence if you want to play OneMusic Australia’s music in your business, even if you are playing that music via a paid streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music. That’s because the licence covers you for the use of our music in your business regardless of the source of your music – whether it’s from a radio, CD or streaming service.

Of course, if you decide to use a personal digital music service, like Spotify or Apple Music, to play our music, you are required to include an additional “Digital Copy/Delivery” component as part of your licensing with OneMusic Australia. While digital music companies also pay music creators for the right to use their music on their digital music services, they do not pay those creators for the right to copy and deliver that music for their customers to use in a setting that’s not personal or domestic. That’s why those services strictly state in their Terms of Use that they can only be used for PERSONAL and DOMESTIC purposes. So, if are using those type of personal digital music services to play our music in a non-domestic setting (despite the terms of use prohibiting such use) you will need an additional “Digital Copy/Delivery” licence from us. But remember, a OneMusic Australia licence only gives you permission to use our music in your dance school; it does not override the Terms of Use of the personal digital music service you may be using, nor give you permission to use that particular music service for a purpose that is not personal and domestic – that permission can only come from the owners of that service.

Apple Music for Business” and other background music providers are specifically designed for use in businesses, and while a licence from OneMusic Australia is still required for the playing of our music in your business using this service, the addition of “Digital Copy/Delivery” is not required.

What is Digital Copy/Delivery? How do I know if I need the extra rights?

Digital Copy/Delivery” is an additional permission from OneMusic Australia for the use of our music on top of the rights you receive when you pay for “Music in Classes”.

As the licence name suggests, “Digital Copy/Delivery” relates to both the copying of our music and using our music when it is delivered from a digital or online source, when that source is supposed to be used only for a personal and domestic purpose, like personal digital music services Spotify and Apple Music.

So, you will need to take out “Digital Copy/Delivery” cover if:

  • your dance or performance business uses our music from a personal streaming service in dance classes (for instance, instead of playing a CD album of hip hop music and skipping to tracks that don't have language warnings you might build a playlist of acceptable tracks from a personal streaming service instead); and/or
  • your dance or performance teachers make copies of our songs and distribute these copies to students, including making them available for download, copying them to a thumb drive or burning CDs)

Under OneMusic Australia’s Dance and Performance Instructors and Dance Schools licence, we calculate fees for “Digital Copy/Delivery” at per-student rate, using the average number of students you have enrolled in a year.

When do I NOT need a licence for Digital Copy/Delivery?

You do not need to include Digital Copy/Delivery in your OneMusic Australia licence if you are only playing our music from original CDs that you have bought (and not subsequently copied) or you’re playing our music from a commercial background music service such as “Apple Music for Business” or another background music provider (a list of background music services is available here - backgroundmusicguide.com.au).

Depending on your use of our music and the arrangements your background music service has with OneMusic Australia (or music creators directly), you may not need to get a licence directly from OneMusic Australia. Check with us or your background music supplier to confirm which permissions are included in your service.

What happens when I film dance performances or post them on social media?

If you are recording routines or performances with commercial music and posting those videos on social media, then you’ll need to ensure you have a separate ‘synchronisation’ licence for the use of that music in your video.

A ‘synchronisation’ licence is needed whenever music is used within an audio-visual production, such as a film, TV show, advertisement, video game, social media video etc.

Social media platforms such as YouTube do have licences with rights holders, but those licences DO NOT cover “synchronisations” made for commercial purposes.

So, if you use commercial music (you know, the music you hear on the radio) in your video and that video is placed on social media, then it may be ‘taken down’ (that is removed) by the platform if it’s seen as being a video for commercial purposes, like promoting your dance school.

Getting a “synchronisation” licence for your video using commercial music is often expensive and difficult. However, you can “synchronise” music into your business videos with what’s known as “Production Music” or “Royalty Free” music. Production Music is a low-cost way to get music on your videos and when you play those videos on the vast majority of social media platforms the use is already covered by that platform’s licence, so you don’t need any additional licences (other than the initial “synchronisation” licence).

Why do I need a OneMusic licence?

Firstly, it shows that your organisation respects and supports songwriters and recording artists - creators of Australian culture.

Secondly, if you use music that is protected by copyright within your business, Commonwealth legislation requires permission (a licence) from the creators of that music.

And last but not least - you benefit by using music: keeping your patrons and staff entertained, engaged and creating a better atmosphere.

Music creators generally authorise two organisations to administer their rights - APRA AMCOS (composers and music publishers) and PPCA (recording artists and record labels) in Australia. A OneMusic licence bundles all those rights into one licence that simplifies the process of gaining the required permission to use our music. Without this licence you would, for example, need to deal directly with the composers, songwriters, music publishers, recording artists and record labels who own the rights in the music you wish to use.

You can get independent legal information at copyright.org.au.

BRUCE ROWLAND

If your organisation wishes to publicly perform Bruce Rowland’s works in Australia in any context whatsoever (other than by showing films) you will need to seek the appropriate clearances directly from Mr Rowland’s representatives (as of 1 January 2017). For a full list of Mr Rowland's works, click here.

Email: bruce@rowland.net

Where does the money go?

We care about ensuring the licence fees you pay are distributed (paid out) to the rights holders in the most accurate and cost-effective way possible.

OneMusic distributes the fees it collects to APRA AMCOS and PPCA, the bodies behind the OneMusic licensing initiative. Both entities are the same in that all fees collected (minus administration costs) are paid out to members, licensors or affiliates using different sources of music use data, including direct reporting, sample data and other relevant sources.

Although separate companies, in the financial year 2018/2019 APRA AMCOS’ and PPCA’s “costs-to-revenue ratio” was similar - at approximately 14%. This means that around 86 cents in the dollar earned in licence fees collected by APRA AMCOS and PPCA is being paid to each organisation’s rights holders. Those costs compare very favourably to organisations providing the same service overseas.

Under OneMusic, APRA AMCOS and PPCA maintain their own distribution practices and policies, which are available online. Both organisations seek to achieve a delicate balance between accuracy of distribution on the one hand and minimising the administration of our licensees and our costs of processing on the other.

The following represent the main sources of data the two organisations use to make their distributions to music creators:

  • Individual commercial radio and television stations reporting the music they broadcast;
  • Digital download services, digital streaming services and record labels reporting the tracks or CDs they stream and sell;
  • Services using “Music Recognition Technology” like digital fingerprinting and audio-recognition to match music use to their databases;
  • Data from music providers who supply programmed curated music for specific industries, such as fitness;
  • Background music suppliers who provide us with music reports from their clients’ playlists; and
  • Set lists of musical works performed by artists and musicians at live/dance events and festivals supplied by event promoters.

How are licence fees set and how much do they cost?

The rates for the use of music under OneMusic licence schemes have been set following consultation and negotiation with user groups. We have established different licence schemes for different ways those industries use music.

Rates have been determined in general by reference to the nature and type of music use. That is, in our view the value of music to a nightclub (a business that attracts customers predominantly on the basis of the music it plays) is very different to the value of music to a café. Our fees are therefore segmented to different industry types in order to appropriately differentiate rates.

In addition, the rate needs to be scalable – for example we do not believe that all other things being equal, a small retail outlet should pay the same fee as a large department store, or a small country pub the same as a large city hotel. From this starting point, in very broad terms where the music use is intrinsic to the business, our rates tend to be higher and linked to patronage (for example by reference to attendance, capacity, class numbers or box office takings). At the other end of the spectrum, rates will be linked to another metric that is easily ‘measured’ by the business and verifiable by us – for example the size of the business in metres squared.

We publish a series of information sheets to all of our industry specific licence schemes on this website.

Note that where we refer to quarterly invoices for accounts we calculate the per day fee by the exact number of days in the a three month period not your total annual fee divided by four, so you will see that:

  • September – November quarter is 91 days
  • December – February quarter is 90 days because leap years are not counted as an extra day
  • March – May quarter and the June – August quarter are both 92 Days

What music can I use?

We’ve done the hard work for you so our licences will cover you to use any of our music, which includes the vast majority of the world's repertoire of commercially released music.

Business owners can make a decision to use our music or not. We accept that there is a small percentage of businesses who do not wish to have our music playing because they claim it costs too much and of course, no licence is required in these cases.

As a safeguard, we believe it is wise to advise us immediately if you use music in your business in any way so we can advise if you need a licence from OneMusic. This applies to all areas of your business – office, warehouse, front reception area, retail space, yards and outdoor areas.

Why do I need a licence when I have a streaming service?

According to their Terms of Use, personal/non-commercial digital music services like Spotify can only be used for personal and domestic purposes. However, whatever the source of the music used at your organisation, if you use OneMusic Australia’s music then you’ll still need a licence from OneMusic to play it in your business.

In addition, if you copy OneMusic Australia’s music, for instance from one CD to another, or you stream it from a personal/non-commercial digital music service, such as Spotify, then you’ll also need coverage called “Digital Copy/Delivery".

You should be aware that a OneMusic Australia licence, even when it includes Digital Copy/Delivery only gives you permission to use OneMusic’s music in your business (or event); it does not override the Terms of Use for the personal digital music service you are using, nor does it give you permission to use that particular music service for a commercial purpose – that permission can only come from the owners of that service.

You may be better to consider a commercially licensed streaming service. Apple Music for Business subscribers are subject to separate Terms of Use, which do permit the playing of music in a commercial space. These terms are completely independent of the terms applying to Apple Music’s personal/non-commercial digital music service.

How do I amend my account?

For amendments such as changes to music use, change of ownership or change of legal entity contact us at hello@onemusic.com.au or phone 1300 162 162.

If your business has been affected by a disaster such as fire, flood, storm or drought, or if wish to request extended payment terms due to hardship, please contact our Customer Support team on 1300 162 162 or email hello@onemusic.com.au to discuss options and put your account on hold, pending an update of the situation.

Can I set up a payment plan?

Yes you can.

OneMusic provides quarterly invoices for accounts where licence fees are in excess of $500 per year, however if this is not suitable and you are experiencing financial difficulties, all you need to do is email hello@onemusic.com.au and request a payment extension or payment plan. Your account will be reviewed by our Credit Team, and based on the balance owing and the time frame involved we will get back to you with some options to help you through any difficulties.

Note that where we refer to quarterly invoices for accounts we calculate the per day fee by the exact number of days in the a three month period not your total annual fee divided by four, so you will see that:

  • September – November quarter is 91 days
  • December – February quarter is 90 days because leap years are not counted as an extra day
  • March – May quarter and the June – August quarter are both 92 Days

How do I cancel my account?

If you have ceased trading, if you no longer wish to use OneMusic’s musical works, sound recordings or music videos in your business, or have entered into alternative licence arrangements for some of the rights represented by OneMusic, please complete our Licence Cancellation Request form.

How do I contact OneMusic?

If you wish to speak with our friendly team, contact us at hello@onemusic.com.au or call us on 1300 162 162

Do I have to go through OneMusic to play music in my business?

If you want to use our music you must have permission and generally pay a licence fee.

 

OneMusic licences provide the easiest and most cost effective way to access the vast majority of the world’s repertoire of music.

 

If you are happier with less choice then there are other options, which may include direct licensing arrangements with copyright owners or solely using music outside OneMusic's vast repertoire. If you make a direct arrangement for your sound recording use or your musical work use, contact OneMusic so we can adjust your licence fee.

 

BRUCE ROWLAND

If your organisation wishes to publicly perform Bruce Rowland’s works in Australia in any context whatsoever (other than by showing films) you will need to seek the appropriate clearances directly from Mr Rowland’s representatives (as of 1 January 2017). For a full list of Mr Rowland's works, click here.

Email: bruce@rowland.net

What are my options if I do not agree with how a licence is applied to my business, the fees, or with any of OneMusic Australia's services?

Complaints

If you are not satisfied or have an issue with the manner or standard of your interactions with OneMusic Australia you can review our complaints procedure here and if you wish to proceed with a complaint you can send it to this address complaints@onemusic.com.au.

Disputes

If you do not agree with how we apply a licence to your business - you disagree about the licence agreement OneMusic Australia has asked you to enter into, our rates or how your licence fees have been calculated - you can:
a. send details directly to us at disputes@onemusic.com.au or 16 Mountain Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007; or
b. lodge it directly with our independent third party Alternative Dispute Resolution facilitator, Resolution Pathways.

More information this process and how to lodge a dispute is available at complaints and dispute resolution on our website.

If you were licensed with PPCA and APRA AMCOS before OneMusic Australia and you consider your annual fee has seen an unexpected increase under the new OneMusic Australia scheme, please contact us on 1300 162 162 or hello@onemusic.com.au

If you want to know more about the differences between a “Complaint” and a “Dispute”, please see complaints and dispute resolution on our website.