How are the royalties calculated?
For APRA licence fees
APRA’s distribution policy for music reports received from providers of music for fitness classes uses a ‘points’ system to determine royalties to be allocated to each song. Songs analysed from the fitness program source receive credits on the same basis as radio, except songs that have a reported performance duration over 5 minutes 59 seconds receive four credit points per minute for the full duration of the song, plus one credit for each additional 15 seconds (or part thereof).
See the Commercial Radio, Commercial TV and Background Music Information Guides for more information.
For AMCOS licence fees
The AMCOS licence fee is distributed by analogy to a discrete pool using Spotify and Apple Music Premium individual subscriber data.
How points are used to calculate the royalty amount payable for each song
Music in classes:
Once we have analysed the fitness program music reports and the points have been calculated for all songs, 38% of revenue collected from fitness licence fees is divided by the total sum of all points, resulting in a $ rate per point. This rate is then multiplied by the number of points given to a song, resulting in the royalty amount payable for that song.
Once we have calculated the amount payable for a song, we can pay that amount to the copyright owner of the work. If the copyright owner is not a member of APRA or AMCOS but is a member of an affiliated overseas society, we pay that society.
Other uses: Royalties are calculated and paid according to the rules for the various radio, television and streaming pools. The streaming data we use is limited to those works receiving 1,000 or more streams on either Spotify or Apple’s premium subscriber services.
How often are royalties paid?
Distributions for Australian and New Zealand fitness licence fees are calculated and paid quarterly.
What about songs that cannot be identified or are the subject of a dispute?
View our information guide on Unidentified Songs and Disputes for more information.