by Jesse Austin, with thanks to Tearaway.

Apra, Recorded Music NZ, NZ Music Commission, MMF, IMNZ

The New Zealand music scene is more vibrant and successful than ever before. The local gigging culture is going off, while many of our homegrown acts are drawing significant success internationally. All of this means that it is important to know of the organisations that provide services such as royalty payouts, or groups that provide forums to discuss concerns you have with the industry.



APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association) licenses organisations to play music and then pays the artist royalties. What this means is that every time you get played on a radio station, you get a small payment. You also can get paid for performing your songs live if you submit a simple performance report with the organisation.

Recorded Music NZ 

Recorded Music NZ works in a similar way to APRA, however where APRA collects on behalf of composers, songwriters and/or publishers, Recorded Music NZ collects on behalf of recording artists and labels. This is because there are two different types of copyright when it comes to music and each organisation is responsible for a different one.

NZ Music Commission 

NZMC is a government-funded agency that has the task of growing NZ music businesses domestically and internationally. They are responsible largely for organising NZ Music Month (in conjunction with other NZ music agencies), providing resources for musicians to help them in the industry, as well as the Musician Mentoring in Schools Programme.


The NZ Music Managers Forum (MMF) offers professional development for any mangers, self-managed artists and anyone with an interest. They run a mentoring programme, as well as host seminars with some of New Zealand’s best managers.

It is important to get to grips with these different organisations and how they can help you in your music career. Wellington musician and past Smokefreerockquest contestant Grayson Gilmour says: “Organisations like these are great because they’re looking out for independent artists, who need all the help they can get!”


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