We are a non-profit organisation who exist to ensure that songwriters are paid when their music is used by businesses.  

If you want to make money from your music, you need to join APRA AMCOS!

We pay you royalties when your music is used by businesses. We take the headache out of tracking which businesses use your music, how they use your music and when they use your music.  We do the work for you, so you can spend more time writing music, and less time on admin.

How does this all work? 

Almost all businesses and organisations use music somehow - your favourite café, your local hairdresser, nightclubs, festivals, radio stations, television ads, YouTube videos, and even telephone on-hold systems. APRA AMCOS licenses these businesses and organisations to use music. We also track what music they use. When we identify that your music has been used, a portion of the licence fee is paid to you as royalties.

Play live? Get paid!

If you play live at pubs, clubs, cafes, or other live music venues, you can claim cash for these performances by submitting a Performance Report (formally referred to as an LPR). Just tell us what songs you’ve performed in which venues over the past financial year – from 1 July to 30 June – and you could be paid for playing your original music live.

When will you be paid?

APRA pays domestic royalties every three months and processes overseas royalties monthly.

AMCOS processes royalties quarterly - within 60 days of the end of each calendar quarter, usually just before the 60th day. All amounts over $10 are paid.

What about your overseas royalties? 

Find out how we collect the royalties you earn overseas. 

How do you track the use of my music?

Read about how we track and distribute royalties here.

Need more info?

Email our member services team, or call us on 0800 69 2772.

Already a member?

Log in here to view your royalty statements, update your contact details, communications preferences and to register new songs.

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Do you write music? Then you should become a member of APRA AMCOS.

It's free to join, and once you do we can help you make money from your music.

We offer flexible membership, depending on how your music is used. You'll also join a collective music community of 87,000 songwriters and composers.

We exist to support you, our members.
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