Unit of competency details

CUSMGT403A - Manage licensing of music (Release 2)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 02/Nov/2011
(View details for release 1) Replaced29/Oct/2010

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to CUAMGT403 - Manage licensing and assignment of worksUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. New title. Minor edits to performance criteria. 14/Jan/2016
Supersedes and is equivalent to CUSBMA14A - Manage, promote and negotiate licensing on published worksUnit has been updated and is equivalent to CUSBMA14A. 28/Oct/2010


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100101 Music  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100101 Music  29/Oct/2010 
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Modification History



Release 2

Created to fix formatting errors only.

Released with CUS09 Music Training Package version 1.2

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage, promote and negotiate licensing of musical works.

Application of the Unit

Employees of music publishing companies apply the skills and knowledge described in this unit. They are responsible for promoting the use of material in a publisher's catalogue to prospective clients. They then negotiate licensing agreements with clients who want to use this material for their own purposes, such as in screen productions, broadcasts and mobile phone ringtones, and as mood music in public buildings. At times an artist manager may perform this role on behalf of artists.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.


Not applicable

Employability Skills Information

Not applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Promote works to clients

1.1 Plan strategies  to promote listed works  and originators of works 

1.2 Research and assess marketing opportunities for listed works using appropriate sources 

1.3 Identify and research users of publicly performed music  to compile a list of potential clients

1.4 Pitch material to potential clients

1.5 Respond to requests for information on listed works from prospective clients

2. Negotiate contracts

2.1 Confirm that licensing of rights in works has been agreed by originator

2.2 Discuss and confirm terms and conditions  of licensing contract  with originator

2.3 Ensure licensing contract with client is free of conflicting claims or licences already granted or pending

2.4 Support all parties during licensing negotiations, and resolve disputes as required

2.5 Confirm licensing contract is accurate, understood by all parties and delivered within agreed timeframe

2.6 Organise the assignment of rights  in works as required

3. Administer licensing policy and contracts

3.1 Ensure all licensing contracts comply with licensing policy and royalty obligations

3.2 Ensure licensing documentation  is securely stored and readily available for retrieval to facilitate accurate royalty receipts and payments

3.3 Ensure licensing documentation is regularly monitored and updated

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • research skills sufficient to:
  • analyse markets
  • assess promotional opportunities for listed works
  • monitor industry developments affecting the licensing of music
  • literacy skills sufficient to interpret licensing contracts
  • numeracy skills sufficient to facilitate accurate royalty payments and records
  • communication skills sufficient to negotiate licensing contracts and resolve disputes relating to licensing of listed works
  • initiative and enterprise skills in the context of:
  • identifying commercial potential of listed works
  • pitching material to prospective clients
  • learning skills sufficient to maintain currency of music licensing knowledge
  • planning and organisational skills sufficient toplan effective promotional strategies
  • self-management skills sufficient to set priorities to achieve planned outcomes
  • teamwork skills sufficient to work constructively with users of listed works and originators of works
  • technical skills sufficient to use online copyright licensing software

Required knowledge 

  • copyright legislation as it relates to licensing, publishing, rights and royalties:
  • Copyright Act 1968
  • Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000
  • differences between:
  • assignment and licensing of copyright
  • copyright for composition, sound recordings and published editions
  • mechanical, performing and synchronisation rights
  • revenue structures in the music industry
  • rights and obligations of publishers and originators of works
  • role and functions of national and international music industry associations, such as:
  • copyright
  • collection
  • performing/mechanical rights
  • publishing
  • routine recordkeeping procedures
  • typical features of and terminology used inlicensing contracts

Evidence Guide

The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the ability to:

  • administer and negotiate licensing contracts
  • administer and negotiate assignment of rights contracts
  • promote listed works to potential clients.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to copyright and licensing legislation, including the Copyright Act 1968 and Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000
  • access to copyright licensing software
  • access to industry association agreements
  • access to a list of works that could be licensed
  • use of culturally appropriate processes, and techniques appropriate to the language and literacy capacity of the candidate and the work being performed.

Method of assessment 

The following assessment methods are appropriate for this unit:

  • case studies to assess ability to negotiate licensing contracts
  • direct observation of candidate managing, promoting and negotiating licensing of works
  • written or oral questioning to assess knowledge of the legal and economic aspects of promoting the used of listed works.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Strategies  may include:

  • persuading artists and record companies to record listed works
  • persuading film and television production companies to commission new works from listed originators or use listed works
  • promoting listed works to advertising agencies for use in commercials
  • promoting reputation of listed originators.

Works  may include:

  • recorded music:
  • background music
  • demonstration and audition recordings
  • digital downloads and mobile phone ringtones
  • educational recordings
  • original soundtrack material
  • premiums
  • prerecorded and released
  • production music (library music)
  • sound samples and sequences
  • sheet music.

Originators of works  may include:

  • arrangers
  • composers
  • group collaborators
  • lyricists
  • performers
  • writers.

Sources  may include:

  • industry associations:
  • Australasian Music Publishers Association (AMPAL)
  • Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA)
  • Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS)
  • Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA)
  • advertising agencies
  • film and television production companies
  • record companies
  • electronic and print media providing:
  • articles
  • journals
  • magazines
  • news
  • reviews
  • subscriptions
  • industrial relations publications, such as:
  • bulletins
  • letters
  • magazines
  • newsletters
  • industry publications, such as:
  • directories
  • information sheets
  • reference books
  • technical publications
  • internet
  • libraries and archives
  • retail outlets selling recorded music, including audiotapes, CDs, digital downloads, ringtones and vinyl
  • retail outlets selling sheet music
  • suppliers of products and services.

Users of publicly performed music  may include:

  • screen production companies
  • advertising agencies
  • aerobic and fitness classes
  • background music users
  • churches
  • cinemas and film screenings
  • dance clubs, e.g. mobile discos
  • dance schools
  • digital service providers
  • electrical appliance shops
  • function centres and halls
  • jukebox and video jukebox operators
  • live music venues, e.g. clubs and hotels
  • public transport operators
  • radio stations, including:
  • commercial
  • community
  • narrowcast
  • ringtone providers
  • schools
  • shopping centres and malls
  • sporting arenas and stadiums
  • television stations, including:
  • public
  • commercial
  • community
  • narrowcast
  • subscription
  • webcasters.

Terms and conditions  may include:

  • accounting
  • advances
  • creative control
  • credits
  • duration, e.g. term and retention
  • enforcement of rights
  • exclusive and non-exclusive rights
  • goods and services tax (GST)
  • independent advice
  • jurisdiction
  • notices
  • obligation to exploit
  • overseas income
  • productivity commitment
  • promises and warranties
  • recoupment
  • royalty splits:
  • public performance/communication
  • sheet music
  • synchronisation and covers
  • schedule
  • special negotiations:
  • distribution of fees for collaborative projects
  • fees for translators
  • payment policies for producers, additional writers or accidental co-writers
  • proportion of fees for music arrangements shared between originator and arranger
  • whether payment should be a split with the originator on royalty payment as opposed to one-off fee for service
  • termination
  • territory.

Licensing contract  may include:

  • mechanical
  • public performance or broadcast
  • sheet music
  • sundry
  • synchronisation
  • a combination of the above.

Assignment of rights  involves:

  • copyright owner or authorised person signing an agreement that transfers or sells one or more rights in the copyright owner's work to another entity
  • specifying the terms under which the rights are assigned.

Licensing documentation  may include:

  • broadcast reports
  • collection agency reporting and return forms
  • copyright records
  • distribution files
  • prescribed notices
  • sales records and reports.

Unit Sector(s)

Management and leadership - management

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