Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) is a performing right collection society established in 1926 to administer the public performance and communication rights (often referred to collectively as performing rights) of its songwriter, composer and music publisher members. APRA represents over 73,000 music creators, composers, songwriters and music publishers in Australia and New Zealand alone. In addition to representing the interests of its Australasian members, APRA represents the vast majority of the world’s music creators through its reciprocal agreements with similar performing right societies throughout the world.
In addition, APRA manages the reproduction rights business of its sister collecting society, AMCOS (Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners’ Society).
The Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society collects and distributes mechanical royalties for the reproduction of its 10,900+ members’ musical works for many different purposes. These include the manufacture of CDs, music videos and DVDs, digital downloads and the sale of mobile phone ringtones, the use of production music and the making of radio and television programmes. AMCOS represents virtually all music publishers in Australia and New Zealand.