Principles and Objectives

The AGSC strongly supports the following principles and encourages all Australian screen composers where possible to;

  • Retain your Writer’s share. If you are an APRA member you have already assigned these rights to APRA and they cannot be granted to third parties. While in some territories other than Australia it is possible to relinquish your Writer’s share we strongly advise against this.

  • Retain your publishing. Historically in Australia it is not routine to hand over your publishing rights but if this is non negotiable ensure you are adequately compensated for the loss of these or other rights. For more information click here.

  • Charge for your services as a screen composer. There is no such thing as a free lunch! :)

  • Reach out to your friends and colleagues for advice when uncertain what course of action to take. We have seen first hand the significant and tangible benefits of doing so .

  • Advocate for your interests. By doing so you strengthen the entire community of Australian screen composers!


Remember, as individual screen composers we are all part of a broader screen composer community. Ideally our business choices and practices would be sustainable not just for ourselves but for the screen composer community as a whole.

For more information see our Publishing, Copyright and Licensing and Royalties resource pages as well as our Frequently Asked Questions and list of Do’s and Don’ts.


We encourage all composers, regardless of their level of experience, to contact us when faced with issues.  We are here to help and to represent you, the members of our diverse and talented community, and to support the continued viability of a career in screen composition. Join us!

The key objectives of the AGSC are:


  • To promote and protect the legal, economic and moral rights and interests of Australian screen composers.


  • To represent, and lobby for, the interests of Australian screen composers and so develop and promote employment opportunities for Australian composers and the use of original music.


  • To provide advice, guidance and information to composers.


  • To provide educational, professional development and networking opportunities for Australian screen composers.


  • To increase the profile and recognition of Australian screen composers among the screen industry and general public.


  • To promote the role of Australian music in screen productions.

AGSC Disclaimer

"The Information on this website is provided as general information only and on the understanding that the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) is not providing professional advice of a legal, financial or otherwise nature to any user on the matters covered by this information. Whilst the AGSC makes every effort to keep the information on this site current, the information on this site is subject to change at any time and as different laws and legislation currently exist and operate between the States, Territories and Federal Government of Australia, the AGSC does not warrant or represent that the information on this site is free from errors or omissions.


Users of this site should also be aware that the information provided may be in the form of summaries and generalisations derived from other sources and may omit detail that could be significant to a particular scenario or context.  Users of this site should seek independent verification of any information on this site that they are seeking to rely on. The Guild can only provide general information and not advise you on specific points of your music contracts or on the law more broadly. Any questions relating to a contractual agreement beyond general ones should be directed to a qualified lawyer. For specific advice, the AGSC strongly recommends that: members seek information from the relevant Government authority, lawyer, tax professional or other industry professional.

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