This licence is for radio stations holding an Open Narrowcasting Licence from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). A narrowcast broadcast service targets special interest groups, or is received in a limited location for limited period of time.
We provide three licences for narrowcast radio stations.
What licences are available?
We offer licences to cover our repertoire in the reproduction or copying of tracks, the broadcast over the radio, and if applicable, communication online. Contact us for more information, and to get your licence.
How much does it cost?
The licence fee is based on gross earning and the percentage of broadcast hours dedicated to music.
The greater of:
Maximum Power (single or combined service)
Greater than 500 Watts
Minimum annual fee
AVERAGE MUSIC USE (percentage of airtime occupied by music)
Of gross earnings (less bad debts and payments made by subscribers for hire or purchase of receiving equipment).
25.0 – 39.99%
40.0 – 59.99%
60.0 – 79.99%
REPRODUCTION OF MUSIC
$485.41 a year
$275.00 to $1,100 a year, depending on use
$275.00 to $1,100 a year depending on number of downloads
Rates include 10% GST and are not negotiable. Fees will increase by CPI each year. Licence fees are renewed and may be reassessed each year to take into account any changes in your music use.
Music use is reported by the Annual Reporting Schedule.
Music FM has just confirmed a first transmission date for their 500 watt station in regional NSW. They plan to broadcast 80% music every week. In order to reach listeners across the country, they have decided to simulcast their programs on the website. For the first year, Music FM expect less than 18,000 online listeners per hour.
The broadcast licence fee equals $466.84 minimum fee or 3.5% of their gross earnings for the financial year. In addition, there is a reproduction licence fee of $485.00 and a simulcasting licence fee of $275.00. The total annual licence fee is $1,226.84, which could be higher if the station’s revenue exceeds the minimum fee levels.
How long does the licence last?
annual renewal on 1 October each year.
annual renewal on 1 July each year.
Simulcasting and Podcasting:
annual renewal on start date.
Where does your money go?
The licence fees you pay are distributed in the most economical and accurate way possible. Read about our cost to revenue ratio.
As the revenue from the Narrowcast Radio sector is very low and a significant administrative operation for stations to report music, we distribute the licence fees to general radio royalty pools.