The Audio Manufacture Licence (AMLA) allows for the reproduction of music for the following purposes. 

  • Retail Sale 
        To supply record shops or distribution companies with the recording for the purpose of sale.
  • Sale at Performances 
        To sell the recording direct to customers at performances.
  • Demo/audition 
        For submission of recordings to music publishers, record companies, artists, radio stations and booking agents etc to promote the artist or composers of the works on the recording.
  • Background music 
        For you to use the recordings as background music at a performance or other event. Doesn't cover public performance including but not limited to performances in a dramatic context.
  • Educational 
       For the purpose of providing students with recordings free of charge.

This licence does not cover the use of musical works in advertisements, sampling and lyric change. You will need permission directly from the copyright owner before you can reproduce the works for these purposes. For more information regarding using music in advertisements, click here.

To begin your application please download and complete an Audio Manufacture Licence Application (AMLA) using the link below. Licence processing can take between three to six weeks depending on the complexity of application. Please note granting of your licence is dependent on payment of the tax invoice/s. 

How much does it cost?

Licence fees are calculated by:

Selling Price ÷ number of works on recording x 5.6% (the royalty rate) x amount of APRA AMCOS registered works x quantity manufactured.  

Subject to minimum fee of 5 cents per unit (inclusive of GST).

There is also a processing fee of $15 + GST to help offset the cost of researching copyright ownership and establishing the licence. Works written by yourself are not charged.

Please note before starting application:

The Audio Manufacture Licence only applies to physical copies. If you would like to make copyright works available digitally, please email

After selecting licence application below, save a copy of the document (pdf) to your computer before filling out the application. 

For more information regarding the Audio Manufacturing licence, email us or call us on 0800 69 2772.

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