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Live stream Resources

See AMIN's Best Practice Guide for Live Streaming here

Check out a recording of our Online Workshop: Live Stream in Quarantine. Hear from industry experts on how to best take your show or event online.

 

GENERAL NOTE

***Avoid playing for free***
Without live performance income, live streaming and merch sales are the only way musicians can bring in money at the moment.
As streaming services like Spotify have devalued music and greatly reduced income for artists, we need to retain value where we can, and musicians should be presenting a united front on this.
Encourage fans when promoting your live stream (and several times during the livestream) to donate to you via a paypal.me link. There are reports of artists earning just as much money doing this as they would take on the door at a show.

See musician Katie Noonan's great explanation on this here

See our fundraising resources here

APRA ANZ live streaming guidance notes - 27 March 2020 

*Please note that this information is subject to change*

Our rates for the use of music online are generally higher than comparative rates for traditional uses including because of the additional rights used and the different business models. 

That said, given the unprecedented times we're currently living in, and while we reserve the right to review each request on its individual circumstances, subject to: 

  • • the exclusion of some industry-specific schemes that already cover streaming; and 
  • • the fact that we do not necessarily control all the relevant rights that a business may require, 

during this ‘lock-down period’ our general position is that we want do not want to be a hindrance to keeping the economy moving and accordingly where an existing licensee is merely transitioning what it did at its business to online, we will look to license and charge at standard rates. 

The highly concessional position we’re adopting is open to review as the situation develops. 

Please also be advised that this guidance only relates to live streaming of music performances and does not apply to pre-recorded performances made available online and does not apply to the use of sound recordings. A separate guide applies for the policy we are applying to OneMusic licence schemes such as Dance Schools and Fitness Centres. 

1. Live streamed concerts – individual website and live stream platforms (would include Livestream.com, Vimeo, Moveitae + others) 

  • Interim measures have been put in place to assist the artist community with the live streaming of music concerts; 
  • On a temporary, emergency-based non-precedential basis, the licence Fee for streaming live music concerts from a users own platform will be the greater of 2.2% of gross revenue or a minimum fee of $82.50 (inc GST) per event or per day for multiday events; 
  • Archiving (saving streams for later viewing) is not permitted under this licence under any circumstances on any platform; 
  • Each concert needs to be geo-blocked to AU & NZ; 
  • Licence Backs are available for artists performing their own works. 
  • This licence does not cover the use of any pre-recoded sound recordings. 
  • Clients should be aware that if they continue to live stream concerts after the lock-down period, standard rates will apply at 12% of revenue (ex GST) subject to minimum fees. 

Contact online@apra.com.au for licensing of live streams on own website/platform. 

2. Facebook/Instagram/YouTube – Non-Commercial Live Stream 

  • You can stream APRA-licensed music in your concert under our existing arrangements with these platforms, but please note this is for live stream only and excludes archiving. We invite you to encourage viewers to donate to Support Act. 
  • APRA encourages our writer members to submit setlists for performances on these services. 
  • If you intend to charge users to watch the concert or carry advertising the above interim rates will apply, subject to review. Please contact online@apra.com.au about a separate licence. 
  • If you wish to archive the concert for later streaming, you will require publisher permission for this use. 

 

3. Facebook/Instagram/YouTube – Commercial Live Stream 

  • Where the host is charging for the live stream (includes advertising) or the live stream is commercial in nature i.e. “brought to you by….” [examples could be Commonwealth Bank, Coca-Cola, Marshall, Sony] 
  • APRA will review on a case by case basis whether we are able to offer a licence and if so, on what terms. 

Please forward requests to online@apra.com.au 

4. Subscription or ticket based Live Stream Services – Where a service is set up to host regular live streams for a subscription cost or ticket price.  

  • On a temporary, emergency-based non-precedential basis, the licence Fee for Live Stream Services streaming live music concerts on a regular basis will be the greater of 2.2% of gross revenue or a minimum fee of $82.50 (inc GST) per event or per day for multiday events; 
  • These rates are currently available until 30 September 2020. Clients should be aware that if they continue to live stream concerts from their Live Stream Service after this time, standard rates will apply at 12% of revenue (ex GST) subject to minimum fees. 
  • Archiving (saving streams for later viewing) is not permitted under this licence under any circumstances on any platform; 
  • Each concert needs to be geo-blocked to AU & NZ; 
  • This licence does not cover the use of any pre-recorded sound recordings. 

Please forward requests to online@apra.com.au 

  • Youtube Live: Click the link to access a toolkit on how best to promote any live-streamed events. You can earn revenue on on Youtube live streams by enabling ads and using Super Chat. Some channels have access to channel memberships. Read more on monetization here.
    Tutorial here.
  • Instagram TV (IGTV): allows creators to upload high quality, long-form, vertical videos. IGTV allows Instagram users to create channels where they can upload videos between 15 seconds and 10 minutes long. Tutorial here.
  • Facebook Live: Facebook Live is a feature of Facebook that uses the camera on a computer or mobile device to broadcast real-time video to Facebook. Your followers can receive notifications when you go live, so they know to tune in to your broadcasts at just the right time. Create a facebook event for the show and encourage viewers to donate to you by providing your paypal email in the event text. Remind them to donate between songs.
    Tutorial here.
  • Clappi: Clappi is a fun on-line tool for performers and audiences to use during live streaming. Inspired by all the streaming artists during COVID-19, Clappi gives artists an opportunity to hear their audience express themselves through sound.
  • Momenthouse: An all-in-one ticketed livestream platform that gives the artist 100% of ticket sales.
  • Twitch: While this platform primarily focuses on live streaming videogames, there are many opportunities to stream live music on the platform as well. You can monetize your twitch content if you have more than 2000 trackers on Bandsintown. Read more about this here.
    Tutorial here.

 


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