APRA can act as an Agent for copyright owners whose works may be used in a dramatic context. As a result, fees for dramatic context performances can vary depending upon the musical work you wish to use. Please note, fees can sometimes be determined by the value the copyright owner places on his or her musical work. There is a minimum licence fee of $50.00 (plus GST). The music publishers advise APRA of works and catalogues that have restricted use, occasionally we may need to gain clearance from the publishers before a licence is granted. This list may be amended from time to time after consultation with the publisher
APRA can help you obtain permission to use music in dramatic performances if the music is used:
Licence applications for these performances must be submitted six to eight weeks before your first performance.
“Includes operas, operettas, musical plays (for example, “Phantom of the Opera”), revues, ballets for which the music was originally written, oratorios and large choral works (exceeding 20 minutes)”
In these cases you will need permission directly from the music publisher. We can help you identify the appropriate music publisher.
Here is a list of productions that would qualify as grand right performances and for which you would need to contact the music publisher directly - Musicals – Grand Rights Ownership.
If you are uncertain as to which category your performance falls into email Emma Fleetwood or call 09 623 2173 and ask for Dramatic Context Licensing.
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