Our Community Radio Licences are for radio stations broadcasting on an AM/FM signal that hold an Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) community radio broadcasting licence. If you are looking for information on online-only radio stations, head over to Online licences.
We offer a Permanent or Temporary licence to Community Radio Stations covering broadcast, reproduction and online use on an “opt-in” basis, so stations only pay for what they need. We also offer a specific licence for providers of Radio for the Print Handicapped.
Stations can choose which rights they need:
Broadcasting music from the radio station (APRA).
Copying music on to storage devices (such as tablets or hard drives) for use in programs and for using Production Music from AMCOS in sponsorship announcements (AMCOS).
Simulcast (webcasting)/On demand streaming - the communication of music through webcasting and on-demand streaming.
Other online use on the station’s website - he communication of music from the website through podcasts or streaming individual clips.
Legitimate music sources include purchased digital downloads from sites such as iTunes or Google Play Music, CDs purchased from a store or provided by record companies or artists.
Our licence also allows a station’s broadcasters to copy their own (legitimately sourced) music onto station’s servers for other broadcasters to use.
You can broadcast music supplied by Amrap, which provides a fantastic free music service that promotes Australian artists.
Under the AMCOS section of your community radio licence, you have access to over one million Production Music tracks, which can be used in programmes, sponsorship announcements, and station promotions. All you have to do is contact one of the listed suppliers, advise them that your station holds an AMCOS licence and request access to download tracks from their sites. This music is available free of charge, provided you have acknowledged to us that you are using it and paid the relevant annual fee.
APRA AMCOS alternatives There are a couple of ways to get permission to use music in your business.