ARTIST, COMPOSER, LYRICIST, PUBLISHER
Do you compose music of any kind, write lyrics, perform vocals or play instruments in studio and help record music? Congratulations! You’re a Music Creator!
Music creators are a group of people who make the amazing, moving, thoughtful, powerful works that SAMRO vigilantly administers.
Composers make magic out of musical notes. We’re talking anything from composing music for songs to those soundtracks you hear on movies or jingles – all the way up to orchestral symphonies. If you pour your heart into writing and creating original music - you’re a composer!
As a composer, there are a number of rights that vest within your compositions. SAMRO administers what is known as Performing Rights, and control what happens when your music is performed in public. Mechanical Rights are another form of music right that come into play when your music is reproduced. In South Africa, Mechanical Rights are administered by the Composers, Authors & Publishers Association (CAPASSO). From 2014 onward, composers need to join CAPASSO as members in order to enjoy the benefits from their Mechanical Rights.
SAMRO administers the music copyright related to Performing Rights and collects licence fees which are then distributed as royalties on your behalf. Which means if someone wants to use your words either to perform in public or to play or broadcast it – they need a usage licence.
Lyrics give meaning to music. If you weave words into melodies and create lyrics that accompany music, it makes you a music author and you are entitled to be paid royalties whenever your music is used.
Music Publishers are the guys who get your musical works to the big world. This is where your works might be used in an advert, movie or as part of another recording – such as when a DJ samples a chorus line from a song. Music Publishers usually help music creators get their fair share whenever their works is used in those platforms.
To be a SAMRO member, a publisher must have a catalogue of music works that have been commercially published or recorded. And the author/s of the music works must be members of SAMRO or one of our international partners.
Get started with your membership by following our step-by-step online or manual application process.
To become a SAMRO member, you need to meet certain requirements. First, you need to either complete an online membership application or download a hardcopy printable forms. Your forms should be submitted along with the required documents.
To keep everything above board, the Board checks out the submissions of every Music Creator. We verify that your music is active and ensure that licence fees collected from those licensed platforms get to you. If you’re a music publisher, we check to see that the people you represent are also members of SAMRO or our international affiliated societies.
As a Music Creator, you need to meet a few requirements before we can approve your membership. You need to complete a few forms and supply us with the required documents.
All new SAMRO membership applicants are automatically given the status of Prospective Members.
Requirements to be promoted to this membership status are as follows:
To be elected to associate membership, the composer member should have been an Ordinary Member for at least two years. The member’s average SAMRO royalty earnings over a two year period must be equal to or greater than 0.05% of the total distributions for those two years.
Associate Member’s Rights:
To be elected to full membership, the composer member must:
Full Member’s Rights: