Tuesday, 30 September 2008 – APRA will recognise well known singer songwriter Patti Potts Doi as its newest PNG member today in a presentation ceremony at 1pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Port Moresby.
“It is an honour to welcome one of PNG’s most renowned and talented songwriters into the APRA membership” said Matthew Fackrell, APRA’s Deputy Director of International Relations. “Potts’ songs have entertained and inspired many people and his works are known beyond the borders of PNG. Like the many other talented PNG songwriters who have already taken the opportunity to become APRA members, Potts will now have the opportunity to receive royalty payments when his songs are broadcast or performed in PNG and overseas”.
It costs nothing for PNG songwriters to join ARPA and there are no annual membership fees. APRA is an association of songwriters and music publisher members that is run on a non-profit basis for the benefit of its members.
Today’s presentation coincides with a series of information sessions that APRA is holding in Port Moresby for songwriters and broadcasters. The purpose of the talks is to educate local stakeholders about the benefits that APRA can offer to creators and users of music and to raise awareness of the various legal rights belonging to local songwriters of original music under the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act (2000).
The talks also mark the PNG launch of the new APRA website (www.apra.com.au) which has been designed to meet the needs of PNG based songwriters who require up to date information as well as the ability to join and register their songs online.
The Australasian Performing Right Association Limited was established in 1926 and now administers the performing and communication rights of over 55,000+ composer, songwriter and music publisher members from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and many other Pacific Island Nations. 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.
The Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) collects and distributes mechanical royalties for the reproduction of its members’ musical works for many different purposes. These include the manufacture of CDs, music videos and DVDs, the sale of mobile phone ringtones and digital downloads, 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.