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Get paid for performing your original works

31 Jul

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a crowd enjoying a song you have written– it’s one of the best things about being a songwriter.

APRA AMCOS is now calling on its members to submit a Live Performance Return (LPR) to ensure songwriters who have performed their original songs or had their songs performed in pubs, clubs and other public places get paid for their efforts from gigs played over the past twelve months.

Last year, APRA AMCOS distributed over $4 million to songwriters whose songs were performed in venues.

“Most people think that for playing gigs they just get cash the promoter hands over at the end of the night,” says Jake Stone from Bluejuice. “But APRA’s LPRs mean you get more money!”

Fellow APRA AMCOS Ambassador and Jazz composer Jonathan Zwartz agrees. “My Live Performance Returns allowed me to register my car and that, in turn, allowed me to go to my gigs,” he said. “It’s hugely important and very useful to get that money…it makes me feel good about what I do.”

The award-winning artist adds that LPRs are more than just a bonus but part of the lifeblood of the live music industry in Australia.

“It’s always encouraging for young musicians to get some money back for their live performances. It really contributes to the cultural landscape.”

Applications are due Sunday 31 August.

More info here.

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.