APRA Boosts U.S. Presence, Unveils Simplified Licensing System With PPCA

Australian rights management organizations APRA AMCOS and PPCA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a single public performance licensing system under the name OneMusic Australia. 

The new one-stop promises for its clients a much simpler process for obtaining, managing, reporting on and paying for the music licenses they require to run their businesses.

OneMusic Australia covers both recording and musical work rights and will be rolled out across the market the second half of 2018. Over the next 18-months, the collecting societies are committed to a period of “intense industry consultation” to help shape the project.

The joint-venture development, announced Thursday (Dec. 15), follows the introduction of OneMusic NZ three years ago, a project which was “warmly welcomed” by licensees, APRA and PPCA note in a joint statement. 

Until the launch of OneMusic Australia, it’s “business as usual” with both APRA AMCOS and PPCA, both parties say. For more information visit OneMusic.com.au.

In other news, APRA's director member relations Milly Petriella is relocating to the U.S. to establish a new music industry association, Australians in Music. Petriella becomes APRA's first senior executive to be based Stateside.

APRA CEO Brett Cottle says Petriella will be working to create new opportunities for its members in the world's biggest market. “Australasian creators are experiencing tremendous success in overseas markets, and in the last financial year we processed and paid out more than $40 million in international royalties to our members,” Cottle notes.

Australians in Music will be set-up in Los Angeles and Nashville alongside Australians in Film. 

Petriella adds, "We have amazing talent in Australia and New Zealand, and that’s becoming increasingly obvious in markets like the USA. I can’t wait to start helping our members further their careers and develop their talent."