USING MUSIC IN-STORE
Playing music in-store can be as important as how you display your products, the lighting you choose and your store fit-out. Music has a profound effect on customer behaviour, keeping people in-store longer and improving the customer experience. In fact, research shows that playing music in a retail environment can increase the time customers spend in-store by over 42%(1)
What you may not know is that to use music in a business setting you require permission from the creators of the music you play. The OneMusic Retail and General Licence authorises you for the public performance of background music in your business. it gives you the permission you need to harness the magic of music in-store, and peace of mind that your business is on the right side of the law.
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WHY DO I NEED A MUSIC LICENCE?
Music creators have exclusive rights to the music they create (as set out in the Copyright Act 1994), and when businesses want to use their music, music creators have the right to be compensated for this use. This is one of the main ways music creators make a living, and enables them to continue making the music that helps your store hum.
Your business needs permission from music creators in order to play music in your retail environment, regardless of how you play music - whether you play the radio, use internet streaming services, websites, or use a CD player or a digital music offering. Having permission to play music in your business is a legal requirement and the OneMusic licence grants you this permission.
A OneMusic retail licence grants you the permission you need to play music in your store. OneMusic are also able to grant licences for copying music - contact us if you would like to learn more about copying music for your business.
WHO ARE OneMusic?
OneMusic is a joint initiative between the two organisations that administer music rights in New Zealand, APRA AMCOS - who represent songwriters, composers and music publishers - and Recorded Music NZ - who represent owners of sound recordings (usually record labels and recording artists).
Both APRA and Recorded Music NZ are non-profit member organisations, which means that after administration costs all licence fees collected are paid to music creators as royalties.
The OneMusic Retail and General Licence gives you the legal permission you need to publicly perform music in your business, while ensuring that music creators are fairly compensated for the use of their work.
WHERE DO MY LICENCE FEES GO?
Licence fees are distributed to songwriters, composers, recording artists and record labels using detailed data we collect from background music suppliers, radio stations and television broadcasters.
WHAT ABOUT MUSIC FROM OVERSEAS?
The OneMusic Retail and General Licence gives you permission to play music from both New Zealand and around the world. OneMusic (through APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ) have reciprocal agreements with similar organisations around the world. Through these agreements, OneMusic represents virtually all music available worldwide.
IS IT JUST RETAIL STORES THAT NEED TO PERMISSION FROM MUSIC CREATORS?
Whenever music is used as a part of a business, the business needs to have permission to play the music they play. This includes retail stores, but also includes cafes, gyms, bars, nightclubs, councils, schools, restaurants and events - any business that uses music first needs permission to play the music they play.
Before you start using music, complete and return the OneMusic Retail and General Licence application form and return it to OneMusic by email or post. We will send you a countersigned copy of the licence for your records and a sticker for your window to show your customers that you support music creators.
For more information or to download an application form visit www.onemusicnz.com. Want to know more? The OneMusic team are experts in music licensing - call us on 0800 800 663, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org - we're here to help!