APRA AMCOS and PPCA’s joint licensing venture OneMusic Australia has invited venues who are playing recorded music for the purpose of dancing to provide feedback on an initial licence proposal.

Venues have until 27 November to plead their case as to whether a newly proposed pricing structure for licensing fees should be revisited.

The move follows a threat by the Surfers Paradise Licensed Venues Association to boycott Australian artists off of venue playlists and a reported court action at the proposed new royalties fee structure for playing recorded music. The venues believe the proposed fees would be “crippling” to their livelihood.

Richard Mallett, APRA AMCOS’ Head of Revenue and Licensing said the published information by some media this week was “grossly incorrect”.

“The example given was a dance venue with a capacity of 500 people trading six days a week, every week of the year. Even if such a venue existed in Australia, under the current two licences, and based on an 85 per cent attendance rate, they would be currently paying a total of $320,813. Under OneMusic Australia’s initial proposal, this venue would see a reduction of $24,413, to $296,400.”

APRA AMCOS has used the following example to better explain its proposed fee structure:

If a two level club operates only one level on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, their fee on those nights will be based on the lower ‘one level’ capacity, not the full capacity of the club.  If a venue with a capacity of 100 sees 500 people come and go in a night they are still only charged at the 100 capacity rate.