The reproduction or performance of music

Law 2121/1993 defines the obligation to receive a licence before any public performance of a musical work “…that is made available to a circle of people wider than the narrow circle of the family and the immediate surroundings…” with the simultaneous payment of the corresponding intellectual property rights. 

The public performance license is issued by AEPI on behalf of its Greek and foreign members (composers, poets, publishers/sub-publishers, heirs, intellectual property owners), who contractually have given AEPI the right of the representation, protection and administration of their work.

It is not possible for any transaction during the process of collecting royalties to be done, without the edition of invoice or an equivalent legal voucher. AEPI’s Audit Department administers the control of invoices which are edited every day across Greece. All invoices pass an audit check, are recorded electronically and finally are kept in a special file of our organization. With the particular process AEPI collects royalties from more than 45.000 sources/ music users of all kinds (night clubs, bars, restaurants, cafe, malls, super markets, hotels, concert venues, exposition venues, movie theatres, radio/ TV stations etc.).

The amount of collected royalties for Public Performance in Greece is much lower than the average royalties of the equivalent corresponding organizations internationally.

Among the parameters which define the collection of royalties, comparative elements and research results are taken into consideration by AEPI. They come up from international collaborations of legal and financial committees of CISAC (Tariff Committee).

General Billing Criteria:

• Legislation of each country

• International Agreements

• Internal social/ financial situation and living standard of each country

Particular Billing Criteria:

• Square meters of place

• Area (urban or non-urban areas, frontiers, epochal operation etc.)

• The importance of using music (essential, necessary or useful)

• The way of presenting music to the public (live, reproduction with mechanical means)


This means that those who intend to perform publicly or use by any means part of the repertoire represented by AEPI, should previously:

  • Complete electronically or print and complete in handwriting the suitable – according to the use – application form for public performance license.
  • State in the application form the works that are going to be performed publicly.
  • Pay the intellectual property fees due for the use of the represented musical repertoire.


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