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Domestic royalties

Find out how and when APRA AMCOS pays you songwriter royalties earned in Australasian territories.

When do I get paid songwriter royalties?

APRA and AMCOS pay royalties that we collect from domestic use quarterly—that's every 3 months. If you're a member of both APRA and AMCOS you'll receive 2 separate royalty payments at different times.

Why does it take 3 months?

From the first date of music use, it takes approximately 3 months to receive and process the music use information from the businesses and organisations we license. That means it can take 3-4 months from the date of music use for domestic royalties to be received and paid.

APRA Writer & Publisher Member royalties calendar

February
Live Performance, Radio, TV, Promoted Events, Nightclubs, Streaming Services, Digital Downloads and Other Royalties Sources*

May
Live Performance, Churches, Radio, TV, Promoted Events, Nightclubs, Streaming Services, Digital Downloads and Other Royalties Sources*

August
Live Performance, Education, Radio, TV, Promoted Events, Nightclubs, Streaming Services, Digital Downloads and Other Royalties Sources*

November
Live Performance, Government, Childcare, Defence, Churches, Radio, TV, Promoted Events, Nightclubs, Streaming Services, Digital Downloads and Other Royalties Sources*

*Other Royalties Sources: Airlines, Background Music, Hotels, Clubs, Dance Schools, Cinema, Fitness, Physical Product Sales, Video On Demand, Music on Hold, Websites and Other Online Platforms (YouTube, Facebook etc.)

AMCOS Publisher Member royalties

Mechanical royalties
1 March / 30 May / 29 August / 29 November

Print royalties
Annually

AMCOS Writer Member royalties

Mechanical royalties
March / June / September / December

Print royalties
Annually

Performance royalties in Australia and New Zealand—Live Performance Reports

If one of your songs or compositions are performed in a licensed venue, you're eligible to earn performance royalties. This includes when you perform your own music. You can get royalties by submitting a Performance Report through the Writer Portal or APRA AMCOS for Music Creators app (from the App Store or Google Play).

Submitting your Performance Reports

It's easier than ever to submit your Performance reports on-the-go in the APRA AMCOS for Music Creators app or in the Writer Portal. No more annual deadlines, submit as you go with royalties paid quarterly (February, May, August, November).

You just need to tell us about the performance:

  • WHAT songs were played
  • WHERE they were played
  • WHEN they were played

Live Performance royalties are distributed quarterly. Submit as soon as you can after a performance, but you won't miss out if you don't report in the same quarter.

Don’t delay! Retrospective Performance Reports are accepted for up to 3 years previous, but Writer Services needs to be contacted to arrange this.

What's on-costing?

We work with some live music venues that pass on the APRA live music licence fee to the performer—you. We contact members when our records indicate this may be the case and reimburse this amount to the relevant rights holders of the works performed at this show.

Got any questions? Contact us at [email protected]