If you do, you’ll know that music can be an extremely effective tool – creating the right ambience, attracting and keeping customers and so much more. However you may not know that you need the permission of the people who own the music you play to use their work in a business setting.

Any business that plays or performs music in public, or makes copies of recordings, will almost certainly require the permission of the owners of the rights in that music. With a OneMusic licence you can be confident that your business has all the legal permission it needs to play music in public and that the owners of music are being fairly paid for the use of their work 


Under the New Zealand Copyright Act 1994, music writers and the owners of the recordings of that music have a number of rights which allow them to control how and when their music is used and to negotiate payment for this use.

These rights include:  

  • The right to perform music in public, (e.g. by playing a CD, radio, streaming services, TV or by a live performance)
  • The right to communicate music to the public, (e.g. a radio or television broadcast, via a music on hold system or to make available for download)
  • The right to reproduce music, (e.g. copy music to CDs or other recording devices, such as an iPod)

Because it is difficult or impossible to obtain permission from every copyright owner prior to performing, communicating or reproducing their music, OneMusic has been established to provide a link between music users and creators and producers of the music.  OneMusic is a joint licensing initiative between APRA (who represent music writers and publishers) and Recorded Music NZ (who represent record companies and recording artists). Our role is to administer the rights of our members (i.e. a worldwide repertoire of music writers, publishers and record companies) and enable you to play music in public by taking one simple licence.

If you perform or communicate music to the public, or reproduce music, you need to obtain a OneMusic licence to comply with the  New Zealand Copyright Act 1994.

For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions


OneMusic has a number of different licences to cover the different ways that music is used by businesses in different industries. Learn more about using music in your industry below.

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