Paying for Playing Live! APRA AMCOS's End of Year Royalty Payments.

December 3rd 2014
APRA AMCOS members in New Zealand and Australia have recently received their quarterly performance royalty payments, sharing in just over $46 million, which includes $6m in overseas royalties.

The 2013/14 financial year saw an increase of 51% in the number of Live Performance Returns (LPRs) received from members over the last decade, with just over $4 million distributed in LPR royalties last week. The LPR annual payment, initiated in 1980, rewards members for the live performance of their works - whether performed by themselves or others. All songwriter and composer members whose works were performed live in New Zealand, Australia or internationally are eligible to submit an LPR.

The LPR rate per work fluctuates year-on-year and is subject to the health of the live music sector generally. This year the rate increased from $1.63 to $1.70 per song per performance, the highest to date.

APRA AMCOS Head of New Zealand Operations, Ant Healey, said the LPR system delivered a payment to a large and diverse section of the working membership.

"LPR payments are important to members at all stages of their career cycle. Whether new acts honing their performance skills or seasoned performers, the feedback is that LPR payments provide a welcome cash bonus, and recognition. For some it's a tank of petrol, and for others new equipment.

In 2015 we'll launch stage one of our Member App, which will include the option of saving set-lists and submitting LPRs whenever suits. Our goal is to grow the value of LPR payments, simplify administration and move to quarterly payments from November 2015."

APRA AMCOS is one of a handful of performance rights organisations globally which offer live performance payments to its members and touring overseas songwriters.

Quick stats - November Distribution

Number of works paid 641,626

Number of New Zealand and Australian works paid 219,227

Number of New Zealand Writers paid 4,648


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