Songwriters Choose New Representative

Songwriter Arthur Baysting has stepped down from the board of the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and APRA’s New Zealand songwriter/members have elected Don McGlashan as their new rep

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Songwriter Arthur Baysting has stepped down from the board of the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and APRA’s New Zealand songwriter/members have elected Don McGlashan as their new representative.

APRA collects and distributes royalties and licence fees from businesses that broadcast, communicate and publicly perform music. In the 2009/10 financial year they distributed almost NZ$240million dollars in royalties and licence fees to over 200,000 music writers from New Zealand, Australia and around the world.

Don McGlashan is a successful song-writer and film composer who’s songs, such as Dominion Road and Bathe in the River, have become kiwi music favourites.

“I’m honoured be the new APRA NZ writer/director. APRA is unique and essential - it looks after composers and songwriters, making sure their rights are protected, so that whatever New Zealand looks like in the future there’ll still be people making music from this place and about this place” McGlashan says.

Baysting says he’s looking forward to having more time for his own creative projects. Known as a passionate advocate for New Zealand music, he was involved with the setting up of the NZ Music Commission and in campaigns for more New Zealand content. In 1999 he was awarded the inaugural SPADA/Onfilm Industry Champion award for bringing the different industry sectors together under the banner of the Green Ribbon campaign.

In a speech at this year’s APRA Silver Scroll Awards, Baysting praised the previous government for its creative industries initiatives and thanked the current government for “delivering a Copyright Act which protects composer’s rights”. He ended with a riddle; asking what was the difference between music and oil? The answer is simple, Baysting explained, “Oil is going to run out”.

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APRA|AMCOS Communications (09) 623 4719 | rcondon@apra.co.nz | www.apra-amcos.co.nz

Ant Healey APRA | AMCOS Director of NZ Operations | ahealey@apra.co.nz

APRA|AMCOS work to ensure that composers, songwriters and publishers are rewarded whenever, and wherever, their musical works are played, performed or reproduced and we help Australian & New Zealand music consumers get access to the world’s musical repertoire.

Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) was established in 1926 and now administers the performing and communication rights of 62,000+ composer, songwriter and music publisher members in Australia and New Zealand. Public performances of music include music used in pubs, clubs, fitness centres, shops, cinemas, festivals, whether performed live, on CDs or played on the radio or television. Communication of music covers music used for music on hold, music accessed over the internet or used by television or radio broadcasters.

Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS) collects and distributes mechanical royalties for the reproduction of its 7,600+ members’ musical works for many different purposes. These include the manufacture of CDs, music videos and DVDs, digital downloads and the sale of mobile phone ringtones, the use of production music and the making of radio and television programmes. Since 1997, APRA has managed the day-to-day operations of the AMCOS business.

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APRA AMCOS

21 Dec 2010

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