Where does the money come from?
APRA AMCOS collects licence fees from Australian and New Zealand places of worship for the public performance of music at functions as well as during activities such as youth groups, study groups and socials, etc. APRA AMCOS does not require a licence to be obtained for worship or divine services.
What information does APRA AMCOS use to determine who should be paid?
Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) provides music use data to us that they collect from churches and we use that data for our Australian royalty distributions. We have determined that there is a strong correlation between the music used by the churches and reported to CCLI and the music performed under the terms of the APRA Places of Worship licence scheme.
Because New Zealand licence fees from churches are comparatively low, we use analogous data from radio airplay (commercial and student radio) and from music streaming services to make the New Zealand distribution.
To recognise that some live performances happen in Places of Worship, we also use reports submitted by APRA members detailing the songs they (or in the case of publishers, their local or international writers) have performed live (Performance Reports).
How are songs matched to the data APRA AMCOS receives?
The reports from CCLI, APRA AMCOS member submitted ‘Performance Reports’ and New Zealand radio reports, and data from music streaming services are directly matched to the vast repertoire of songs in our database.