Training tunes: Casuarina Beach Rec Club operations manager and head trainer Craig McGarry says the 1500 per cent increase is ridiculous.
Training tunes: Casuarina Beach Rec Club operations manager and head trainer Craig McGarry says the 1500 per cent increase is ridiculous. Crystal Spencer

Casuarina gym to stop the music

GYM junkies will be getting physical to all new tunes at the Casuarina Beach Rec Club.

Following court action last month by the Music Copyright Authority, music licence fees for all Australian gyms have increased dramatically.

Consequently, the Casuarina Beach Rec Club has advised its members that main-stream music will no longer be played in group fitness classes.

“We have been paying 97 cents per class, this has now been increased to $15,” operations manager and head trainer Craig McGarry said.

“This would take our yearly contribution from around $1500 to $26,000.”

Mr McGarry said they were shocked when the court ruled in favour of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) on May 17.

“It's just not feasible to pay the fee; it is just ridiculous. Music is an integral part of classes.”

From July 1, the gym will only be using non-copyrighted music, such a DJ mix music.

“There's a lot of copyright out there, pretty much any main-stream pop music,” Mr McGarry said.

“The music industry is losing money through downloading, but this is not the way to recoup it.”

Mr McGarry said it would have been unfair to ask their members to pay 1500 per cent more.

“We would have had to bump it up to a ridiculous amount. We've put up signs around the gym to let people know.”

PPCA chief executive Stephen Peach said: “(The) decision by the independent umpire represents an important improvement for artists and labels whose music is widely used in fitness classes to attract and motivate participants. The tribunal has recognised the previous scheme undervalued the undoubted contribution music makes to the fitness industry.”



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