The Australian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) license organizations to play, perform, copy, record or make available their members’ music, and then distribute the royalties to their members. APRA advocates on behalf of music creator’s rights and the New Zealand music industry locally, nationally and internationally. APRA’s goal is to promote the importance of music creators’ rights and helping administer these rights to all levels of government, media and the wider community. They also frequently consult with various ambassadors to seek input on issues effecting their members.
Music Publishing is the business of protecting and promoting song copyrights and collecting the royalties that these copyrights generate. Think of a song as intellectual property (it's an original piece of art!), and music publishing as the business that makes sure that songwriters get paid a fair compensation when their intellectual property is used by companies. Those companies could be record labels (mechanical royalties), radio stations, bars, and restaurants (performance royalties), or film studios and advertising agencies (sync license fees), and many more.