May 14, 2024

SAMRO Emphasises the Importance of Music Licensing for DJs and Event Promoters

The Southern Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) reiterates the significance of music licensing. This system of licensing music users supports music creators and ensures they are rightfully compensated for the usage of their musical works. As a collecting and distribution society mandated under Section 6 of the South African Copyright Act 98 of 1978, SAMRO addresses the issue of licensing music users for public broadcast.

According to the Copyright Act, no person may broadcast, cause the transmission of, or play a sound recording to a public audience without permission in the form of a license. This provision ensures that copyright owners receive compensation when their music is used for public broadcast. Furthermore, amendments to the legislation now encompass digital and online platforms, demonstrating an updated approach to copyright regulation to address evolving technologies.

SAMRO notes that DJs and event promoters are influential figures in the music industry. They can shape musical preferences and trends, making it vital for them to operate within the bounds of the law. By obtaining a SAMRO Music license, DJs and event promoters can ensure that the music creators whose music they play are compensated for their rightful royalties. This supports the music creators financially and fosters a sustainable music industry where creativity and innovation can thrive.

SAMRO’s music license is essential for any business or individual who plays music publicly, including DJs, event promoters, radio stations, pubs, clubs, and retail establishments. The licensing fees collected by SAMRO are vital as they are distributed as royalties to the correct rights-holders, supporting their livelihood and encouraging the continued production of music.

“By obtaining the SAMRO Music license, DJs and event promoters demonstrate a commitment to ethical practices and legal compliance, safeguarding the rights of music creators and stakeholders. SAMRO’s music license empowers DJs to legally play copyrighted music while ensuring music creators receive their royalties”, said Karabo Senna, SAMRO’s General Manager of Sales and Licensing.  

The DJ license fee is an annual fee of R1 275.55 excl vat, which will automatically renew after one year. The event promoter license fee is based on the size of the event. To start the MDJ (Mobile Disk Jockey) license application process, the prospective DJ goes to, selects live entertainment, and then Mobile DJ. Alternatively, they can email for assistance.

The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) ensures that music creators are fairly compensated for their musical works. SAMRO calls on all businesses and individuals who use music for public broadcast to obtain a SAMRO music license. Doing so will bolster and maintain a vibrant music industry, ensuring that music creators can continue contributing to the cultural music landscape.

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