Music rights organisation APRA AMCOS, is working on ways to help businesses impacted by the lockdown still offer live music performances.

Live music venues with a OneMusic Australia licence may fall under a special, short-term COVID-19 policy for streaming live performances. APRA AMCOS has said they are looking to include online live music events under existing OneMusic Australia licences.

APRA AMCOS said: “We’re seeking to support changes in business activity while at the same time balancing the need for our members to generate income from the use of their songs and compositions.

“We reserve the right to review each request on its individual circumstances, subject to the exclusion of some industry-specific schemes that already cover streaming and the fact that we do not necessarily control all the relevant rights that your business may require.

“If you are a live music venue and have a OneMusic Australia licence and wish to stream live performances please contact OneMusic Australia will review your request and see if it falls under our COVID-19 online migration policy.”

APRA AMCOS has licences in place that allow live streaming of its music in performances as long as there is no charge to users. If there is a fee you will need to contact APRA AMCOS at to obtain a licence.

If you are a live music venue looking to live stream performances during the COVID-19 lockdown, your best option is to contact to make sure all your licensing arrangements are correctly covered.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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