Originally Posted by Pollyanna
I could be wrong but I thought that APRA pays when you play original material rather than covers. My old originals band received some fairly paltry cheques from time to time.
Our guitarist would periodically submit the details of our gigs etc and APRA would tally up the pennies and throw them over.
That's right, APRA represents original Songwriters. However, it's common that people perform a combination of originals and covers, and by courtesy they can tell APRA the covers they performed, and that royalty gets paid to the songwriter of that cover. You can only be a member of APRA if you are an original songwriter/co-writer.