No. Works can be notified to SAMRO as manuscripts (MS) works or unpublished. Many choral and serious music works are unpublished. If these works are recorded and there is no publisher involved, you should then consider joining a society, which will look after your mechanical royalties.
Call our hotline on +27 (0) 86 117 2676 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will help you get to the bottom of it.
The SAMRO 24/7 Communication Hub is there to help. Give them a call for a friendly chat if you think something’s not right.
Confirm that the date of the performances is within the period stated on the distribution statement and accompanying notes. If you are certain that there is an omission, please supply SAMRO with the title of work, name of program, name of station, date of performance and if possible, time of performance.
Probably, yes, but it may also mean that we have not been notified of a change of address. To update your contact details and personal information, click here.
Members receive royalties every year through four main payouts: Non Royalty Revenue, Radio and General, Television and Films. Click here to view the distribution schedule.
Yes. We need a copy of the termination agreement or the termination date as specified in the original Deed of Assignment between the publisher and composer/author.
If you want to use any part of another composer or songwriter’s music you need to get permission from the copyright owner. They’ll probably want a percentage of the royalties from your work. It is a myth that you can get away with a few notes from an existing work without having to declare it. You need permission to use any and all copyrighted music in any way.
SAMRO cannot distribute royalties to non-members. In these cases, we keep these royalties until the composer or author is granted membership. Once membership is approved, these royalties are paid in a supplementary payment that usually happens in June/July each year.
Yes, contact SAMRO’s Customer Relations Department for a printout of the works.
Please send your notification forms to the SAMRO 24/7 Communication hub. Tel: 0800 247 247 or email: email@example.com.
There is a notification form for jingles that you should complete with the product title as well as the product code together with the names of all composers and authors involved, type of work e.g. light/rock etc, duration of the song, names or arrangers and publisher details.
Notification of Work forms should be completed by the creators of the original music – the composers and authors. Please include the correct title, names of all composers and authors involved and the type of music such as light/rock etc, duration of the song, names or arrangers and publisher details. SAMRO also requires proof of copyright in the form of CD/tape or notation of music.
To register your music with SAMRO and begin benefiting from Music Usage License royalties, first you must notify us of your original music by filling in a form called a Notification of Works and supply us with proof of copyright.
SAMRO hosts workshops for our members all the time to help our members learn more about the inner-workings of SAMRO and the music industry. Speak to us – we’ll even arrange a workshop for you and your friends tailor-made to cover things you want to know.
Yes, we have a number of members living abroad.
You can work under a stage name if you choose and you can register as many stage names as you like.
No, SAMRO has international partner organisations that manage and collect royalties in their countries on behalf of our members. So you enjoy worldwide protection for your music with just one membership.
SAMRO pays your royalties directly into your account via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Please double check that your bank details are correct to avoid problems with payments.
No, there are no signup fees or membership fees when you become a SAMRO member.