Songwriters take note – complete a Live Performance Return through APRA AMCOS


Are you a songwriter?  This one’s for you.

Complete your Live Performance Return (LPR) is the resounding message from APRA AMCOS, backed by the thousands of songwriters who lodge an online LPR each year, ahead of the 31 July lodgment deadline. More than $4 million is distributed each year to members who take the time to lodge an LPR for that financial year. For many, an LPR payment provides the funds to keep touring, register a car, fund a new guitar case or, in the case of emerging hip hop artist Briggs, buy a new pair of sneakers. Long after the cheer of the live crowd has died down and the performance fee spent, LPR is the gig that keeps on giving.

Completing your LPR takes less time than lodging your BAS. But instead of having to send money out – an LPR is money coming in – a reward for the hard work of playing live,” said Dean Ormston, Head of Member Services Group. “LPR payments are important to members at all stages of their career cycle. From new acts honing their performance skills or seasoned performers, the feedback is LPR payments provide a welcome cash bonus, and recognition,” said Dean.

Many musicians wish they had started lodging LPRs earlier, realising this is a crucial payment but also a boost to self-worth and the importance of rights ownership. “As an artist, its important to recognise your self-worth – remember that your performance is worth something. As soon as I learned about LPRs I jumped online and lodged my performances from that year. As an artist you owe it to yourself to collect earnings for your work,” Briggs said.

A new, earlier deadline of 31 July applies for 2015. Visit the APRA AMCOS website for more details.

APRA AMCOS stands for the Australasian Performing Right Association Ltd and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Ltd, who together are responsible for the non-profit collection and distribution of songwriting royalties to approximately 87,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members, and around 3,000,000 copyright owners worldwide.