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?

Any Show Season or Tour where Gross Box Office is less than $20,000. This also applies to Dance Schools, Tertiary and for Secondary Schools EXCEPT where an admission fee is charged and the production is advertised outside the school community.

APRA can license all musical works it controls, except for Owner Restricted works for Dramatic Context shows:

  • With a Gross Box Office per show season or tour of less than $20,000;
  • Produced by Dance Schools;
  • Produced by Tertiary Institutions;
  • Produced by Secondary schools EXCEPT where an admission fee is charged AND the production is being advertised outside the school community,

without having to get permission from its members for Owner Referred works, as long as the show:

a) does not tell the story of the life or work of a particular composer, artist or other music figure or event;

b) do not contain Controversial Themes and;

c) is not a Potted Production.

If your show has any of these features then the music in your show will be subject to clearance, which will be managed by APRA in consultation with the relevant copyright owner(s).

Owner Restricted works conditions will still apply. These works are not available for use in Dramatic Context productions.

Licence Fee is the greater of:

6.9% of Gross Box Office pro-rated

$17.25 per work

$103.50 minimum fee per show season or tour licence

 

ANY SHOW SEASON OR TOUR WHERE GROSS BOX OFFICE IS BETWEEN $20,000 AND $100,000.

For show seasons or tours where the Gross Box Office is between $20,000 and $100,000:

  • Owner Referred and Owner Restricted works conditions apply.
  • Shows telling the story of the life or work of a particular composer, artist or other music figure or event; or containing Controversial Themes, or that are Potted Productions will be subject to clearance, which will be managed by APRA in consultation with the relevant copyright owner(s).

Licence Fee is the greater of:

6.9% of Gross Box Office pro-rated

$17.25 per work

$103.50 minimum fee per show season or tour licence

 

ANY SHOW SEASON OR TOUR WHERE GROSS BOX OFFICE IS $100,000 or more.

For show seasons or tours where the Gross Box Office per tour is $100,000 or more:

  • Shows telling the story of the life or work of a particular composer, artist or music figure or event; or containing Controversial Themes, or that are Potted Productions will be subject to clearance which will be managed by APRA in consultation with the relevant copyright owner(s).
  • Owner Referred and Owner Restricted works conditions apply and may differ for each copyright owner according to different Gross Box Office tiers, including the right to set the licence fees for their work.
  • Above $100,000 Gross Box Office, the copyright owner may set the licence fee for the use of their work.

Unless the copyright owner has set the fees for the use of their work, the Licence Fee is the greater of:

6.9% of Gross Box Office pro-rated

$17.25 per work

Subject to minimum fees of:

Gross Box Office

Minimum show season or tour fee

More than $100,000 to $250,000

$172.50

More than $250,000 to $500,000

$287.50

More than $500,000 to $750,000

$575.00

More than $750,000 to $1,000,000

$862.50

More than $1,000,000

$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.


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