OneMusic New Zealand, the joint licensing venture between APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ, celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. With OneMusic Australia due in the first half of 2019, APRA AMCOS’ head of NZ operations Anthony Healey, talks about the successes and challenges the licensing scheme has faced on the other side of the Tasman.

“There’s no question that people only pay reluctantly,” admits Anthony Healey. “It’s an ephemeral thing that we are selling them – a consent to allow them to publicly perform music. There’s nothing concrete that they can really hold in their hand.”

Nevertheless, he says OneMusic NZ – which essentially acts as one-stop shop for commercial business to buy a license to play and perform music on their premises – has been a real success story for the organisation. In the last financial year, revenue was up 10 percent to $NZ14.1 million and he expects the joint venture to deliver similar sort of growth for the 2017-18 year.

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APRA AMCOS’ head of NZ operations Anthony Healey

Healey is cautious about drawing too many comparisons between OneMusic NZ’s experiences and what OneMusic Australia can expect when it goes live. He points out that the structure of the music business in Australia is different from that of its smaller Tasman neighbour, but he believes the success of the NZ operation augurs well for the launch of OneMusic Australia.