PUBS, RESTAURANTS, TV, RADIO, HOSPITALS, PROMOTERS & MORE.
Does your business or establishment play music in public? If so, that makes you a Music User!
Music Users who play music in the course of doing business need to pay a licence fee. That means anything that is not domestic use. This includes businesses such as promoters, pubs, mobile DJs, clubs, restaurants, shopping malls and live music venues. It also extends to broadcasters such as radio and TV stations who also play music publicly.
We don’t make the rules, it’s all laid out in the Copyright Act and it is part of South African law. If the music you play isn’t written, created, performed, published and recorded by you, then it belongs to the Music Creator and you need a licence.
SAMRO helps Music Creators by licensing their works and collecting licence fees from Music Users – that’s you – and these fees are then paid to the creators as royalties! The fees differ depending on what you use the music for.
Purchasing a Music Usage Licence from SAMRO gives Music Users permission to play music publicly at their businesses or venues. The funds collected are called "licence fees". These fees are then passed on to people who made the music as royalty income.
Not all businesses are the same, a radio station that plays dance hits is a lot different to a restaurant that makes use of background music. So different kinds of businesses need different types of licences. We’ve been doing this for a long time and there’s not much we don’t know about the way music is used and how to create licences that are fair and reasonable.
By supporting Music Creators, you’re helping to create a healthy music industry, ensuring that people who create music reap the benefits of having jot a song that you played at your establishment.
By paying your licence fees, you’re sending a positive message to Music Creators, who will be more inclined to perform at your establishment and support your business. SAMRO affiliation lends credibility to your business and can add to your profile when included on your websites and in marketing campaigns.
Get started with your licence application by following our step-by-step application process
To apply for a licence, you first need to complete some paperwork and give us a few documents.
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: