August 2006 - Issue No. 35

by Mark Eades
Manager Publisher Services, APRA

As APRA distribution 43B is approaching, publishers are reminded of registration cut-off dates for APRA distribution processing purposes:

  • Agreement Registrations (on-line and Agreement Registration Forms): 8 September 2006
  • Work Registrations (on-line, bulk and index card): 22 September 2006

Registrations received after these dates will not take effect for performing right divisions-of-fee until after the distribution is complete.

The APRA Distribution Practices document has been updated to include all recent distribution changes. There are many small updates, but the substantial changes are on pages:

  • 3 - Direct allocation transactional
  • 16 - Triple J
  • 17 - SBS radio
  • 22 - Australian Commercial TV (EDI Census changes)
  • 26 - UBI
  • 26 - ABC2
  • 29 - Maori TV
  • 34 - Australian Symphony Orchestras (no longer part of Symphony Australia)
  • 40 - Ringtones and Digital Downloads.

Thanks to those publishers who have been regularly submitting stories for the Publisher News page of our website and in Aprap. This is becoming an interesting news resource reflecting the dynamism of the local music publishing industry. I encourage all our publisher members to submit articles relating to any aspect of your business that you wish to communicate, for example new signings, new activity by your artists, or welcoming staff to your offices please send articles to either myself at or our Communications Department at Please note APRA reserves the right to make editorial decisions with regard to content submitted for our website and publications.

Congratulations to the 2006 APRA-AMC Classical Music Awards winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2006 Classical Music Awards, proudly presented by APRA and the Australian Music Centre. Special congratulations to Hal Leonard Australia (on behalf of Faber Music), publishers of Peter Sculthorpe's Cello Dreaming (orchestral version), winner of the Orchestral Work of the Year.
Click here for a full list of winners.
Click here to view the photo gallery from the event.
Negotiations with commercial TV industry
The agreement between APRA and the free-to-air TV networks expired on the 30 June. Key to our position is the firm belief that the method of valuation of the music performing right for commercial television stations should return to a percentage of revenue basis and that this percentage should equitably reflect the true commercial value of the right.

Additionally that our proposal should contain modifications to the structure of the existing blanket licence in response to points raised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission(ACCC) in its recent determination on APRA's arrangements. Negotiations are continuing, an interim agreement been struck until the end of December 2007.

New physical product agreement, 'mini-blanket' licences and digital download invoicing
Richard Mallett, Director Mechanical Licensing, delivers an update on: the rollout of the new physical product agreement; two new 'mini blanket' TV licences; the invoicing of digital download services and APRA|AMCOS' great result with Apple iTunes sales report processing. Read more
Latest News: Dramatic Context
Who won the big awards at the 2006 Helpmann Awards? Sam Cooke, APRA|AMCOS' Theatrical Licensing Represenative fills you in, plus details of APRA|AMCOS' involvement in the upcoming Australian Performance Arts Centres Conference. Read more
Mechanical Distribution Update
CMS now allows publishers to view a history of their EDI transactions via the File Transfer History.  Find out more plus an update on some staff changes and movements in our Mechanical Distribution department, in David Bowden's August update. Read more
SAL: Music in the House
Get your tickets now for the inaugural "Music in the House" event- a Support Act Limited fundraiser. The luncheon will take place on Thursday 28 September at NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney.
$100,000 prize for music stars of tomorrow
The search for new and emerging Australian music talent is on again with the commercial radio industry announcing that the new Artist to Radio Showcase (NA2R), its annual event, aimed at unveiling the chart-toppers of tomorrow, will be held on October 13 in Sydney. The NA2R will be held in conjunction with the Australian Radio Conference and 2006 Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) at Luna Park. Read more
ASCAP Awards Program - claims must be lodged by Saturday 14 October 2006 for all U.S. live performances occurring from 1 October 2005 to 30 September 2006. Click here to download the form.
AMPAL: Partnering with Austrade and the AMC
All the latest AMPAL news from Nick Hampton, including the recent workshop held with the Australian Music Centre and AMPAL's latest discussions with Austrade. Read more
Welcome to the following new publisher members
- Bonza Music (APRA and AMCOS)
- LA Global Music Pty Ltd (APRA and AMCOS)
- Pussycat Publishing Pty Ltd (APRA)
- Speak N Spell Music Publishing Pty Ltd (APRA)
- Spitfire Publishing Pty Ltd (APRA)

Member Services - New Mechanical Rights Representative
Roy Ayers Jnr has recently joined the Member Services team and his role is to deal solely with writer members relating to their mechanical rights administration. Roy has been appointed to the role 3 days a week and can be contacted at

Recent Board Decisions
Read a summary of recent decisions made at the August APRA and AMCOS Board Meetings.

News from around the world
Read the latest headlines from BIEM-CISAC including:
- GEMA issues podcast licenses online
- French copyright law goes into effect
- KTV Clubs in China to pay for music videos
- EC royalty changes could hurt creators

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Editor: Anthea Sarris. Any comments? Please email Anthea.

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