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Here’s Why Your Salon Needs a OneMusic Licence

As creatives, hairdressers know what its like to own and control their creative work, giving them an important similarity to the music industry. Musicians also require the proper credit and licencing to be given to use their work in businesses like your salon, and that’s where the new OneMusic online platform comes in to simplify the process of licencing for your salon.

Ange Paez. Photo by Leila Maulen

“I come from a family of hairdressers in Barcelona and since I was little I’ve seen my Mum style people’s hair and create joy,” said Sydney singer-songwriter Angie Paez (Ange), “It’s a form of creativity as much as music is, and both art forms contribute to people feeling good about themselves.”

“My song ‘Like I’m Crazy’ is intended to help people to feel alive and ready to leave any negativity behind. I know my Mum often took on the role of psychologist for her clients and in the same way the music in salons can help healing too,” she said.

Here’s the history of how OneMusic came about. Because musicians started writing songs as sheet music to be played on a piano well before any songs were recorded, two member organisations started up at different times. One for the songwriter, composer group (APRA AMCOS) in the 1920s and one for the recording artist and record labels (PPCA) in the 1960s. After decades of working separately, OneMusic has been formed this year to combine these organisations.

With this combined system, salons can pay for a licence to give musicians the rightful (and legal) royalties they deserve. A salon business of less than 51 square metres of ‘customer space’ with just a radio or television on need only budget for $85 a year for a OneMusic licence.

Salons who have secured a licence from one or both organisations will need to switch over to OneMusic a month before their current agreement finishes.

Unlicensed salons will look forward to a phone call or a letter from OneMusic’s customer service team to make sure a licence is in place.

“For the increasing number of salons using a personal streaming service (see note at the end) the data these services capture is fed right back to OneMusic, just like data on radio airplay and from background music services continues to do,” Catherine Giuliano from OneMusic explained. “So although you don’t personally have to let us know exactly what track you are playing through Spotify, from your iPod or from the radio in the salon on a Thursday night at 7.30pm we can hazard a pretty good guess thanks to all this data coming in. From that we work out who is playing and who to pay royalties to.”

“You probably have no idea what it means to a songwriter to walk into a business and spot a ‘Licensed to Play through OneMusic’ sticker on the window,” Ange said. “It makes all the hard work, the working two jobs, the rejection, the little wins, worthwhile… knowing businesses support music.”

Getting a OneMusic licence is salon necessity that supports creative work and means your salon is enjoying music legally and rightfully. OneMusic allows you to listen the right way, so join the movement.

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Note: The use of streaming services in your business may be in breach of the Terms and Conditions of your End User Agreement with that service, so you need to check this.

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