The NZCF has a special arrangement with the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) for member choirs for an annual licence to perform copyrighted music in public. Note that this licence does not cover the photocopying of music, only performance.
The APRA fee is included in the NZCF membership subscription and no further charges are made by APRA unless the performance is classed as Music in Dramatic Context or the work is a ‘grand right’ composition (a major choral work in excess of 20 minutes’ duration). If the performance is classed as Dramatic Context then APRA can assist in facilitating. In the case of a ‘grand right’ work, a separate licence must be obtained directly from the relevant music publisher.
Non-NZCF member choirs are obliged to pay an annual APRA licence fee of $109.28 and, in addition, must remit 1.75% plus GST of box-office income where copyrighted material is performed or rehearsed. This does not apply to NZCF members. The NZCF/APRA licence can therefore save NZCF member choirs a substantial sum of money – in some cases, more than the cost of their NZCF membership subscription – and also administration time.
What you need to do after each performance
Unless member choirs let APRA know what they have performed, APRA does not know which composers are entitled to a share of the royalty payment made each year. APRA requires a list of songs performed by choirs after each concert (preferably in Excel or Word) or a copy of the programme, to ensure that the licence fee is distributed to composers of songs that are performed. If the composer has been deceased for more than 50 years, there is no need to send in the information unless the work has been re-arranged by somebody who now holds the copyright. The information can be posted to PO Box 6315, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
APRA New Zealand
T: (09) 623 4712
F: (09) 623 2174
Freephone: 0800 692 772
Unit 113, Zone 23, 21-23 Edwin St, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024
PO Box 6315, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141