Artists, no one needs reminding, scramble to survive financially. Musicians in some ways are luckier than artists working in other disciplines because at least they have a body in place to help them claim royalties.
Australian songwriters who play live can submit performance reports to the Australian Performing Rights Association by July 31 to get paid for their work during the previous year. APRA AMCOS says that last year $6.75 million in live performance royalties was distributed to 6000 APRA AMCOS members who lodged performance reports on time.
Sarah Thompson from the Melbourne band Camp Cope said live performance royalties are not just about money.
“I think it helps to make you feel as though you’re getting somewhere. Often the music industry can feel like a hell of a lot of work for very little reward, so it’s nice to see something physical for the work you put in,” she said.
To help songwriters submit their performance reports before the July 31 deadline, APRA AMCOS is holding free workshops around the country to help with submissions..
APRA AMCOS PERFORMANCE REPORTS WORKSHOPS