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Performing and Communicating Music in Schools

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Can admission fees be charged for the performances?

 

A school can charge admission fees for performances under the APRA Licence provided the majority of proceeds made go back to the school or to a charity.

 

Does the APRA Licence apply to performances by professional musicians?

 

The APRA Licence will apply where professional musicians perform music at the school or any event connected with school activities. Where admission fees are charged, the majority of proceeds made must go back to the school or to charity.

 

Performances requiring APRA’s prior approval

 

A secondary school will need to seek APRA’s prior written approval (which must not be unreasonably withheld) where:

 

  1. The performance is in a dramatic context.  Dramatic context includes acting, costumes, scenic accessories, scripted dialogue or other dramatic effects. This includes ballets.
  2. Admission fees are charged; and
  3. The performance is advertised or promoted outside the school community.
    The school community includes the students, teachers, staff and parents of the school.

 

Contact your local copyright advisor (link) for assistance in obtaining APRA’s prior written approval.

 

What does the APRA Licence not cover?

 

The APRA Licence does not cover the following:

 

  • Performance of Grand Right Works in its entirety (unless performed in a film played under the Co-Curricular Licence).  A Grand Right Work refers to the musical works and associated lyrics written expressly for an opera, operetta, musical play, revue or pantomime.
  • Performance of a Choral Work of more than 20 minutes duration (unless performed in a film played under the Co-Curricular Licence).  A Choral Work refers to a work written to be sung by a choir or other group of singers, with or without instrumental accompaniment.
  • Rock Eisteddfod Challenge.
  • Performances produced by a third party not associated or connected with the school, unless APRA’s prior written approval has been obtained.
  • Performances where admission fees are charged and the majority of proceeds do not go back to the school or a charity.
  • Transmission of a performance beyond the school.

 

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