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Distribution information guide: Sports codes and sporting events

This information guide explains how the licence fees we collect from sports codes and events are paid out as royalties.

Where does the money come from?

APRA licenses Australian and New Zealand sports codes and sporting events, for recorded and live music use.

What information does APRA AMCOS use to determine who should be paid?

The relevant sports codes (e.g. T20, AFL, NRL) provide APRA with setlists detailing songs played at matches. For smaller sports codes or one-off events, we do not require the provision of setlists.

How are songs matched to the data APRA AMCOS receives?

The setlists provided by the sports codes, and the songs submitted by New Zealand members in ‘Performance Reports’ are directly matched to the vast repertoire of songs in our database.

Key terms used in our Distribution Rules and Practices document

The Copyright Act refers to compositions, musical scores in the form of sheet music, broadsheets or other notation as musical works. Lyrics or words to a song are considered literary works. When we refer to songs, we are referring to all the elements of a musical/literary work protected by copyright.