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APRA-AMCOS logo The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA|AMCOS)

ASONG's principal sponsor, The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) collects and distributes licence fees for the public performance and communication (including broadcast) of its members’ musical works.

Public performances of music include music used in pubs, clubs, fitness centres, shops, cinemas, festivals, whether performed live, on CDs or played on the radio or television. Communication of music covers music used for music on hold, music accessed over the internet or used by television or radio broadcasters. In conjunction with AMCOS, APRA’s objective is to secure an equitable level of payment for music creators, provide the strongest defence possible of their rights and the best customer service for both our members and music consumers.

For all the member associations of ASONG, APRA has provided tangible support while providing a mechanism whereby the songwriter members of the ASA, Songsalive! and the SSA have been able to realise success within wider music industry.

APRA's representative in relation to ASONG, is its Director of Member Services, Sally Howland. She has proved an invaluable asset to both APRA since joining it 25 years ago, and to ASONG, since its inception some four years ago. Find out more about Sally.

APRA has an strong and ongoing schedule of events aimed at educating the wider community about copyright issues, in conjuntion with sponsored events aimed at helping songwriters and composers find contacts, gain knowledge and receive income for the performance of their copyrighted works.

ASONG strongly recommends to each and every songwriter in Australia and New Zealand to make contact with and become a member of APRA.

APRA works in close conjunction with AMCOS: The Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) collects and distributes ‘mechanical’ royalties for the reproduction of its members’ musical works for many different purposes. These include the manufacture of CDs, music videos and DVDs, the sale of mobile phone ringtones and digital downloads, the use of production music and the making of radio and television programmes. Since 1997, APRA has managed the day-to-day operations of the AMCOS business.

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