If you play live at pubs, clubs, cafes, or other live music venues in Australia and New Zealand, you can get royalties for these performances by submitting a Performance Report. If you're playing original songs, you can earn royalties for these performances and if you're playing any covers, you'll need to include those on your Performance Report, as well.
If you perform at an event organised by a promoter, you don't need to submit a Performance Report.
What information is required?
- WHAT songs were played
- WHERE they were played
- WHEN they were played
When can Performance Reports be submitted?
Anytime. We encourage you to submit as soon as you can after a performance, but the process is flexible so that you can submit when it suits. There is not an annual deadline or closing date.
When are royalties for Performance Reports paid?
Royalties are paid quarterly as part of the APRA Domestic Royalty payments in February, May, August, November. You won't miss out if you don't report in the same quarter, but (per above) - we strongly encourage you submit after the show.
How can Performance Reports be submitted?
There are two easy ways. You can submit via the APRA AMCOS for Music Creators app (available for free from the App Store or Google Play) or in the Writer Portal (desktop or mobile) for performances from 1 July 2020. We will continue to add upgrades and features to both.
Can Performance Reports from previous years be submitted?
You can submit retrospective Performance Reports via the app and the feature is coming soon to the Writer Portal. Contact Writer Services with any questions.
Performance eligibility periods are measured in Australian financial years: 1 July to 30 June. You can claim up to three financial years prior to the current financial year, limited to the year you joined. The App and Writer Portal automatically sets your performance dates to those you are eligible to claim for.