Annual General Meeting

View updates from our 2023 AGM

Copyright Amendment Bill

CAB was introduced to amend the Copyright Act of 1978

Unclaimed Royalty Payments

Check for unclaimed royalties

Music Creation Support Fund

A supporting micro-grant for SAMRO members

Our Performance in Numbers

We let the statistics do the talking


Total company
licence revenue

This refers to the total revenue earned by SAMRO from licensing the works of its members for use in various mediums such as broadcasting, public performances, and online streaming.


Total available
for distribution

This refers to the portion of the license revenue that is available for distribution to SAMRO members after deducting operating expenses and other costs incurred by the organisation.

24 413

Number of Associate and Full Members

This refers to the total number of SAMRO’s Associate and Full members for the financial year.


Number of

This refers to the number of times SAMRO has made royalty distributions to its members throughout the year.

Creators and Users

How Creators and Users are Connected

Music creators (song writers, composers and publishers) are entitled to royalties every time their music is used in licensed establishments such as live music venues, radio and television, pubs, shopping malls, cinemas and more.

The role of SAMRO is to license these establishments and ensure that members are fairly compensated for the usage of their music and are acting within the confines of the law.

Music equipment in a  music studio
A young female music composer plays guitar
A male musician plays drums on stage at a music concert
A radio station playing licensed music
A football stadium that plays licenced music
A sign outside of a bar that plays licenced music

What We Do

SAMRO collects licence fees from establishments that use music like clubs, broadcasters, retailers, digital service providers (DSPs) and many others.
We then distribute these license fees to members in the form of royalties.

As a Music Creator, you need to apply to become a member.
As a Music User, you need to apply for a licence.

Who is a Creator?




Who is a User?

Television and Radio

Restaurants and Bars

Malls and Cinemas


Why You Should Register as a Music Creator

Music creators are people who make the amazing, moving, thoughtful, powerful musical works that SAMRO vigilantly administers.

We protect your intellectual property.

Our members have exclusive access to various benefits.

We ensure that the value of your music is recognised.

We actively promote the value of copyright.

A young female composer mastering a song
A young male composer sings into a microphone
A male musician plays piano
A young female composer mastering a song
A young male composer sings into a microphone
A male musician plays piano
a young female musician plays guitar
A music composer making music in a studio
A female musician plays piano
a young female musician plays guitar
A music composer making music in a studio
A female musician plays piano
A gym that plays licensed music
A movie theatre that plays licenced music
A woman dances at a venue that plays licensed music
A busy coffee shop that plays licensed music
A live music venue that plays licensed music
A restaurant that plays licensed music

Who Needs a Licence

Any venue or business that plays background, recorded, broadcast or live music in public must get a music usage licence from SAMRO.
This includes businesses and people such as the following:



Live Music









Spaza Shops

Video On Demand (VOD)

Digital Streaming Platforms (DSP)



We respect the privacy of everyone who visits this website, and are transparent about the way we use Personal Information.
By using this web site, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the terms of our Privacy Policy and PAIA Manual


SAMRO Careers

SAMRO may have a career opportunity that is in tune with your ambitions and your skills.

Click below to view more openings.

Credit Control
Credit Controller (1 year fixed-term contract)
Software Development
Customer Success
The above vacancy exists within the Credit Control Department and reports to the Supervisor: Credit Control. The purpose is to manage a book of debtor accounts in order to ensure timely payment of outstanding invoices, compile and evaluate information needed to collect maximum outstanding accounts efficiently, resolving any discrepancies and to prevent bad debt.
1 year fixed-term contract
February 29, 2024


Music piracy stunts careers, stifles talent and eats away at the ability of composers and recording artists to continue making the great music that is the soundtrack to our lives.

Music piracy also takes bread off the tables of the thousands of people who work in music-related fields - from authors and composers of musical works, recording artists, to record company employees, studio producers, sound engineers and music retailers.

An illustrated graphic of a red cellphone downloading music illegally

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