APRA|AMCOS offers a combined Broadcast, Reproduction and Online Licence to Community Radio Broadcasters. The licence is on an “opt-in” basis, so stations only pay for those rights that they exercise.
Community Radio Broadcasters fall into two categories: Permanent or Temporary. The type of licence they have from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) determines their status. APRA|AMCOS has customised licences for each type of community radio station. There is also a specific licence for Radio Print Handicapped services.
The APRA|AMCOS Permanent Community Radio licence is a flat fee structure for stations with revenue of less than $50,000 per annum. Stations with revenue greater than $50,000 per annum are charged a percentage of revenue, depending on the amount of music that they broadcast. For more information see Schedule 3 of the agreement.
Download a copy of the Community Radio Licence Agreement
Community broadcasters are required to provide APRA|AMCOS with a Statement of Gross Earnings and Questionnaire (Schedule 5 – online here >>) for each financial year period.
You can complete the annual return (Schedule 5) here.
Currently, not all Permanent Community Broadcasters are required to supply APRA|AMCOS with the details regarding the musical works they broadcast, and not all stations are included on the sample roster. This is because the administrative costs to both the station and to APRA|AMCOS would outweigh the actual distribution of royalties to the copyright owners represented by us.
View the APRA|AMCOS Information Kit for Community Radio Stations
A complimentary licence applies from the date of your first test transmission for up to two years. Following the expiry of 24 months from the date of your first test transmission, fees are assessed according to the revenue reported on the Statement of Gross Earnings and Questionnaire (Schedule 5 – online at www.apra-amcos.com.au/communityradioreporting) for each financial period.
Download a copy of the TCBL Community Radio Licence Agreement
You can complete the Statement of Gross Earnings here.
Currently Temporary/Aspirant Community Broadcasters do not need to provide APRA|AMCOS with any logs of music broadcast on their service.
APRA|AMCOS has a separate licence scheme for Radio Print Handicapped broadcasters. The broadcasters pay an annual fee, which is adjusted from year to year with the CPI (Consumer Price Index).
Download a copy of the RPH Community Radio Licence Agreement
RPH Stations are required to submit an annual reporting form (Schedule 5) so that APRA|AMCOS can assess which licences are required.
The annual reporting form can be found here.
Currently RPH Services do not need to provide APRA with any logs of music broadcast on their service.
These agreements do not cover the use of commercially-released music in advertisements. For information on this see Music in Advertisements.
Contact the Broadcast & Online Services Department
Tel: 02 9935 7900.
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