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Aussie Artists To Get TikTok Royalties In ‘Landmark Deal’

18 November 2021 | 2:29 pm | Staff Writer

“TikTok is committed to paying creators and artists."

A multi-year music licensing deal between TikTok and APRA AMCOS will see Australian and New Zealand songwriters and publishers paid when their tracks are used on the platform.

The groundbreaking deal, which also accounts for TikTok’s past use of musical works, will allow APRA AMCOS to collect digital mechanical and performance royalties for its 111,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.

“Music is often integral to the success of innovative digital services, and there’s been no better example than the phenomenal rise of TikTok,” APRA AMCOS Chief Executive Dean Ormston said.

“APRA AMCOS’ agreement with TikTok legitimises the use of music on the platform in Australia and New Zealand, and recognises the important contribution that the songwriters, composers and publishers of that music make to TikTok’s success.”

Jordan Lowy, Head of Music Publishing Licensing and Partnerships at TikTok, said the agreement was a “landmark deal”.

“TikTok is committed to paying creators and artists when their music is used, and we look forward to discovering many more local talents and sounds," Lowy said.

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TikTok Australia and New Zealand Director of Music Ollie Wards added: "TikTok is super-charging music discovery and playing an increasingly important role in helping Kiwi and Australian music creators connect with a global audience.

“We're thrilled to enter into this agreement with APRA AMCOS, which secures royalty payments for local songwriters and publishers, and cements our partnership with the music industry in this region."