Playing music at your wedding ceremony and reception  


The law allows for music to be played during the wedding ceremony without the need for a licence, but if the ceremony is to be recorded or the lyrics written up in any printed order of ceremony, a licence will be required. 

Music cannot be played at the reception without a licence being issued. 

A reasonable portion of poetry and other published works can be read in public without needing a licence as long as the author of the work is acknowledged, but if it is written up in any printed order of ceremony, a licence will be required. 


For further information:  

Attorney General's website: Copyright Issues
Australian Copyright Council 

 

Obtaining a licence


A licence can be obtained to play music and lyrics from the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) –
Website:      www.apra.com.au

                                                                                                                                                                 
A licence can be obtained to play sound recordings from the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) –
Website:      www.ppca.com.au