Most gyms use music in some way, for example, during group fitness classes, as background music in the centre, in the café or music-on-hold over the telephone. Many gyms also compile their own music mixes for such use. Successful gym managers agree that music is one of the elements that help define the style and ambience of their centre.
APRA and Fitness New Zealand have negotiated a new agreement for the public performance of music in fitness centres and classes which takes effect 1 November 2012.
About the new Fitness Licence Scheme
1. Background Music in Fitness Centres
Background music used in fitness centres will now be charged at a flat rate of 75c per member (GST exclusive). This fee covers all background music used in a fitness centre, which includes the following:
· Background Music System, including CD, tape player, radio, MP3 player or background music service;
· Radio and/or TV sets used to show video/DVD, free to air and/or subscription TV;
· Audio or Video Juke Boxes;
However please note that this excludes music used during group fitness classes.
Year 1 - 1 July 2012 – 30 June 2013
$0.75 per member
Year 2 and each year thereafter
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2. Group Fitness Classes
Group Fitness Classes will continue to be licensed at a per class rate, however the per class rate will increase. Through our negotiations with Fitness New Zealand we have agreed to phase in this increase over a three year period as indicated below (GST inclusive).
$1.18 per class
Year 2 - 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014
$1.57 per class
Year 3 - 1 July 2014 – 30 June 2015
$1.97 per class
Year 4 and each year thereafter
If you need assistance completing your licence(s), contact our Licensing Services Department.
Media Release>> read up on why the changes have been made to the Fitness Licence
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