Combined performance/mechanical rights society, APRA AMCOS, has signed an agreement with Facebook that will see Australian, New Zealand and international songwriters, composers and music publishers remunerated for the use of their music on the platform.
The deal covers the main Facebook platform, in addition to Facebook-owned Instagram, Oculus, and Messenger.
APRA AMCOS’ deal with Facebook licenses the use of the millions of songs it represents in Australia and New Zealand including the songs of its 95,000 songwriter and publisher members.
The news comes after Facebook confirmed multi-territory deals with the likes of Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony/ATV, Kobalt, [PIAS], Beggars Group and Merlin.
Facebook has an active monthly community of more than 2 billion people and continues to grow globally.
“We are excited to announce our partnership with APRA AMCOS… We look forward to developing innovative ways to use music-related features to help people connect with each other, their communities and their favourite artists.”
“We are delighted to be working with Facebook to ensure the creative content of our members and affiliates that is used on the platform is fairly remunerated,” said Dean Ormston, APRA AMCOS Chief Executive.
“This is a landmark deal not just for songwriters, composers and music publishers, it also provides the Australian and New Zealand public with peace of mind that music rights holders will be compensated for the use of their works on Facebook.”
“Whether it’s live music or digital, the sustainability of Australian and New Zealand music relies on our industry working in partnership with platforms like Facebook to support new developments in music consumption, ensure the public has access to great music and that music creators have a sustainable industry that supports their careers,” added Ormston.
”We are excited to announce our partnership with APRA AMCOS. Music is an incredible source of expression and connection. We look forward to developing innovative ways to use music-related features to help people connect with each other, their communities and their favourite artists,” said Anjali Southward, Head of International Music Publishing Business Development at Facebook.
As part of the agreement, APRA AMCOS will be working with Facebook to help develop its rights reporting system.Music Business Worldwide