What we do

We ensure fair payment for music creators

Behind every song there are com­posers and song­writ­ers who wrote the songs. The result of this work is the intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty of the song­writ­ers. If music is played for exam­ple on the radio or at pub­lic events or record­ed on CD, then the authors are enti­tled to fair pay­ment accord­ing to copy­right law. AKM and aus­tro mechana col­lect these roy­al­ties as trustees and dis­trib­ute them among com­posers, song­writ­ers and music publishers.

AKM ensures that music authors and pub­lish­ers get roy­al­ties if their music is played in con­certs, clubs or oth­er live events, if it is used as back­ground music in cafés, restau­rants, shop­ping cen­ters etc, if it is broad­cast­ed on radio or TV or if its avail­able on the internet.

Aus­tro mechana ensures that music authors and pub­lish­ers get roy­al­ties from mechan­i­cal rights, mean­ing a share of the sales rev­enues of phys­i­cal sound car­ri­ers (CD, DVD, etc), from the repro­duc­tion of their works in the areas of radio/tv and online/mobile as well as their share from the stor­age media levy.

All revenues are passed on to our members

AKM and aus­tro mechana are non-prof­it organ­i­sa­tions. They act in their own name but on behalf of their ben­e­fi­cia­ries (“mem­bers”) and for­eign affil­i­at­ed asso­ci­a­tions. AKM and aus­tro mechana do not make any prof­it: after deduct­ing oper­at­ing costs (AKM) or a com­mis­sion fee (aus­tro mechana), all rev­enues are dis­trib­uted to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries. There are fixed rules for the dis­tri­b­u­tion of roy­al­ties reflect­ing the degree of works used.