People enjoy YOUR song during weekends. YOUR music gets played all over. The clubs, DJ’s and pubs MAKE THEIR MONEY, but do YOU earn a cent? Are YOU registered with SAMRO to collect fees from music users; clubs, pubs, DJ’s, on YOUR behalf? If you are not doing music for charity YOU MUST first copyright it and join… SAMRO.
- WHAT IS SAMRO
SAMRO stands for Southern African Music Rights Organisation, it was established in 1961. This organisation protects music creators’ rights in South Africa and internationally. Music creators are producers, composers, song writers, authors and singers. Its assists by licensing the creators work and acts on behalf of the creators by collecting licence fees from registered music users, e.g. sports places (soccer stadiums, rugby stadiums), restaurants, pubs, clubs, radio stations (national and community stations), radio stations in retail shops like Pick n Pay, Edgars or shopping malls, television broadcasters (national and community broadcasters), event coordinators, DJ’s and all other business entities which broadcast or play music.
In the Copyright Act and South African law, it states that any entity which uses, plays or broadcasts music which it did not write, make, perform or record, that music belongs to music creators and the entity must be licensed. SAMRO uses this right to collect fees from music users and pass the royalties (money) to those registered music creators.
- BENEFITS OF REGISTERING / OF BEING A MEMBER OF SAMRO
Before registering with SAMRO, one has to understand the music rights which the organisation protects. There are three music rights which are covered; Performing Rights, Mechanical Rights and Needle-time Rights.
These rights are royalties paid to the owners of the original musical work. The owners who earn these royalties are studio producers, song writers, composers, lyricists or music publishers. They get their royalties when the original work is performed or played in public; when the music is played on radio stations, television, or public events.
When music is copied to computer hard drives, videos, tapes, CD’S, DVD’s, MP3s or as cell-phone ringtones, Mechanical Rights royalties are given to music publishers, song writers, producers, lyricists or composers. These rights ensure creators get their money when their music is bought e.g. when music is legally downloaded from the internet or when a song is bought as a cell-phone ringtone from network providers.
These rights protect recording artists; singers, backing vocalists and studio producers. The mentioned could have assisted with recording the music, but may have not produced, composed or written the song. They earn royalties when the song is played in public e.g. when the song is played on radio stations.
- HOW TO REGISTER
To get all the benefits offered by SAMRO besides the collecting of fees a music creator or publisher has to be a member.
DOCUMENTS AND FORMS NEEDED
- A certified ID copy or if the music owned by a company, copies of relevant agreements, founding statements and memoranda or articles of association.
- Download and complete the Membership Application form here. In this form a composer (producer) or author (song writer) will fill-in their personal details (full name and surname, pseudonym, ID / passport number), contact details and banking details.
- Download and complete the Notification of Works form here. This is where original musical work is claimed by music creators or publishers. Song titles, alternative titles, duration, performing artists’ names and sharing of percentages are stated.
- Download and complete the Deed of Assignment form here.
The above can be sent or faxed to:
P.O Box 31609
Fax: +27(0)86 682 0270
All the physical forms can be found at SAMRO’s head office:
20 De Korte Street
For any queries regarding the application process contact SAMRO:
Hotline: +27(0)80 024 7247 (toll-free from Telkom landlines and 8ta)
Switchboard: +27(0) 11 712 8000
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