Trade in music royalties

Historically Australians have paid more music royalties to overseas artists than they have received in return

In 2008-09 other countries paid $75m in music royalties to Australia. Australia paid more than three times this amount in royalties to international artists ($235m).

The last three years have seen the balance of trade reach the highest level since 1991-92.

APRA | AMCOS collected revenue of $20.2m from overseas collecting societies in 2010-11 – a decrease on prior years due to the appreciation of the Australian dollar.