How SAMRO licencing works

By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | April 5, 2018

how SAMRO licencing works

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get paid for your music? How does your song playing on the radio translate to money in your pocket? To understand that, you need to know how SAMRO licencing works.

Whenever you hear music playing, a musician should be getting paid; regardless of whether that music is being played at a club, shopping centre, in a restaurant, on television, or on the radio. That is where SAMRO comes in.

In a nutshell, SAMRO (or the Southern African Music Rights Organisation) charges venues that play any kind of music a licencing fee. This is a fee that all venues are required (by law) to pay. The money received from these licences is then distributed to musicians as royalties.

SAMRO also issues and manages the copywrites of musicians in South Africa

“Members who are composers and songwriters assign the rights of their musical works to SAMRO to administer. SAMRO, in turn, uses the assignments to license individuals and businesses that use music for business or commercial purposes. This includes shopping centres, nightclubs, television and radio broadcasters, and so on.”

SAMRO’s purpose is simple. They aim to add value to creators and users of music. They also protect the intellectual property rights of writers, composers and music publishers by licensing music users.

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So, now that we have a better understanding of what SAMRO is, and what they do, let’s take a closer look at how SAMRO licencing works. Check out the video below if you want a better understanding of how SAMRO licencing works.


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