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Fitness Australia agrees ‘fair’ music licensing changes
Fitness Australia and music licensing body APRA AMCOS have have agreed a small number of changes to APRA AMCOS’ licence scheme for their fitness clients.
Following six months of discussions, the changes are designed to better reflect the evolving needs of the fitness industry.
Commenting on the changes, Fitness Australia Chief Executive Lauretta Stace explains "we’ve collaborated with APRA AMCOS in an open process that has allowed us to develop fair licence terms on behalf of our members.”
The new licence scheme now includes a specific reference to fitness instructors who use music in locations other than traditional fitness centres – for example, boot camps that take place in the park or on the beach.
It will also see new technologies in the fitness industry, such as virtual fitness classes, covered under the one licence agreement.
A minimum annual licence fee of $192.50 (including GST) has been introduced for the use of background music. The new minimum tariff will only impact those fitness centres and instructors who are paying licence fees less than this amount for background music with a licence anniversary date of 1st August 2014 onwards.
All new Fitness Centre and Instructor licences now issued by APRA AMCOS will include these new terms.
APRA AMCOS Director of Public Performance Licensing Jennifer Gome added “the changes to the Fitness Centre and Instructor Licence scheme means our customers can use music through a simple and easy-to-understand licence.
“Having a strong working relationship with Fitness Australia means we’ve been able to deliver highly relevant changes to this licence scheme.”
Image courtesy of Fitness on Demand.
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