Coffs Coast Health Club owners, Duncan Marchant and Jacqui Jarrat believe ‘connection’ and ‘environment’ are more important than original music.
Coffs Coast Health Club owners, Duncan Marchant and Jacqui Jarrat believe ‘connection’ and ‘environment’ are more important than original music. BRUCE THOMAS

Music while you workout

WHEN you’re at the gym pumping guns, pressing flab and perfecting pecs, your favourite artists will be there, thanks to a repeal of a Copyright Tribunal’s decision to inflate cost of using original music by 1500 per cent.

The Federal Court set aside the tribunal’s ruling, sending stakeholders back to the negotiation table.

In May this year, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PCCA), won its bid to have gyms pay $15 per class instead of 94.6 cents to play original music in group sessions.

The decision was appealed by Fitness Australia, the industry group representing most fitness centres and a reprieve has been granted.

Coffs Coast Health Club owner, Duncan Marchant, says the result of the ruling is still ‘up in the air’ and it’s ‘not a massive win’.

“We won’t know anything for sure until a new deal is reached next year,” Mr Marchant said.

“Artists should be compensated for their work but what the PCCA is demanding is exorbitant.”

Fitness Australia has backing from smaller clubs and personal trainers who are pooling funds to fight the ‘unfair rate’.

Fitness Australia said, if the decision had been upheld a typical fitness centre with 1500 members would be forced to pay over $80,000 per year rather than $2000 in fees for music.

Original tariff free music and covers can still be used and Mr Marchant said some clubs have been using tariff free music for 12 months.

“In PCCA’s mind, music is crucial to gym classes but we run sessions without music and get the same numbers,” he said.

“It’s the instructor that is critically important – the support they give and connections they make.

“You might have great music but if you have a terrible instructor no-one will come back.”



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