Dance schools and Spotify

All digital music service providers, including Spotify, Apple Music and others pay licence fees to music rights organisations from around the world (like APRA AMCOS in Australia) to compensate the music creators that Spotify are making money from.

These licence fee are paid only on the basis that the services being used are for the personal and non-commercial use of their customers. Once the music moves from personal use to public performance use – as in a dance studio – then the user needs to pay the music creators in a way that’s commercial and not personal.

Note: The use of streaming services in your business may be in breach of the Terms and Conditions of your End User Agreement with that service, so you need to check this.

If we use syllabus music why are we paying a OneMusic licence fee?

A similar answer to the one above...

The creators of syllabus music have paid their licence fees for the music, but only ‘half way’, that is, for personal use only. The other half of the licence fee has to be paid when that music moves from personal use to public performance use – as used in a dance studio. The creators of syllabus music could cover all the fees – but the price of the syllabus music would increase by at least the same amount – so there would be no advantage either way.

There is a way to save on the syllabus music you are publicly performing within your dance business:

  • Investigate whether the recordings of the syllabus music you are using is actually represented by PPCA. There is more information about PPCA’s licensors here. Save 48.25% of the full fee.
  • Have you signed a direct licence with a PPCA licensor such as a record label for your music? Save 48.25% of the full fee.
  • Is the songwriter, composer or music publisher in the syllabus songs a member of APRA AMCOS or an equivalent overseas organisation? If they are not, you will save 48.25% of the full fee.
  • Have you developed songwriting agreements with the songwriters? One pre-schooler dance program has songs specifically composed and written by three APRA members but have songwriting agreements in place to pay these writers directly for their services. This business saved 48.25% of the full fee.

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