APRA normally licenses concerts and other non-dramatic performances of musical works under assignment from its membership. However, performances in a Dramatic Context are excluded from the assignment to APRA because copyright owners usually want to have greater control over the use of their works in productions where the works are selected for their dramatic value.

In certain instances, APRA is able to act as an agent on behalf of music publishers and copyright owners to secure permission and arrange a licence.

From 1 January 2018, the definition of Dramatic Context means the performance of musical works: 

      a) in conjunction with a presentation on the live stage that has: (i) a storyline; and (ii) one or more narrators or characters; or

      b) as a ballet.

A ballet means a choreographic work having a story, plot or abstract idea devised or used for the purpose of interpretation by dancing and/or miming. Ballet does not include country or folk dancing, tap dancing or precision dancing sequences.

How do I apply?

Dramatic Context applications should be submitted approximately six to eight weeks prior to performance, with three weeks as a minimum. This allows for the music research required to determine copyright ownership, publishing and availability. 

To apply, please complete and return the application below directly to events@apra.co.nz

APRA AMCOS will confirm the type licence required for your event and advise on music availability within three to five days of receiving your application (there may be slight delays during peak periods).

When all music has been approved for your production, we can then grant a licence agreement to cover the use of music for the performance period as per your application.

How much does it cost?

Licence Fee is the greater of:

6.9% of Gross Box Office pro-rated

$17.25 per work

minimum fee per show season or tour licence – see table following 

Gross Box Office

Minimum show season or Tour Fee
including GST

Less than $100,000 

$103.50

$100,000 - $499,999

$287.50

$500,000 - $9099,999

$575.00

$1,000,000 and above

$1,150.00

Need more information?

We’re here to help you, please contact our Theatrical Licensing Team on 0800 800 663 ext 724 or events@apra.co.nz.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD THESE FORMS AND OPEN THEM USING ADOBE ACROBAT READER BEFORE YOU CAN FILL THEM OUT AND SUBMIT THEM CORRECTLY.

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