Get paid for playing live

It’s that time of the year again: time to get paid. If you play your own songs live, you’re entitled to share in live performance royalties. But there’s one catch – you have to submit Performance Reports to APRA AMCOS.

Performance Reports tell APRA AMCOS when, where and what you’ve played at each show.

Need further convincing they’re worth your time? Then heed the advice of Ben Salter (pictured), a songwriter who has been gigging for more than 15 years. The Melbourne-based artist plays 70-100 shows a year - either solo or with bands The Gin Club, The Wilson Pickers, Giants of Science and others - and stresses that live performance royalties provide another source of revenue for musicians at a time when income streams are thin on the ground:

“It is important to submit Performance Reports so you can get paid!said Ben.

“I have been an APRA AMCOS member for so long I think my first royalty payment has been lost in the mists of time. It can't have been very much, but I remember being super excited about getting the cheque in the mail. I was just flabbergasted by the concept that I could be paid for playing songs that I wrote in public. I mean, just for doing it. I think it still amazes me.”

So regardless of the amount you earn in royalties, by submitting Performance Reports and getting paid for playing your songs live, you’re also getting acknowledgment that your creative output holds real value. And that’s just as important as the size of the cheque.

To receive live performance royalties, submit your Performance Reports to APRA AMCOS by 31 July, 2016 through the Writer Portal.

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