BE IN KNOW OF HOW ROYALTIES GET DISTRIBUTED
Musicians are often so excited about making music that they don’t take time to learn about how SAMRO’s royalty distributions work.
It’s important to know that by simply registering for membership and notifying your works, it does not automatically qualify you to receive royalties from SAMRO.
Royalties are calculated based on how active your song/s have been in different mediums including but not limited to broadcast, film, live performance, restaurants, pubs, clubs and shopping malls. A huge part of SAMRO’s ability to do its business of administering music creators’ copyright is the music licensing aspect of the business. We licence music users and the licence fees collected will thereafter be distributed as royalty income to music creators. For details on how we licence the users of music please click here .
Another important factor for members to note is that royalties are calculated retrospectively, meaning that if your songs were used/active in 2015 you will only be eligible to receive royalty income in 2016.
As you can see from the above, these processes can seem daunting to those not in the know and that’s why we felt it was important to develop this simple animated video to give members a snapshot of how some of our internal processes work. It is our aim as SAMRO to empower our members with knowledge that will assist them with the business of their music.
According to Pfanani Lishivha – Executive General Manager for Rights Holder Services, the move is to make it easier for members and applicants to understand the membership application process and how royalties work. “We hope that through this initiative, our members and the public will understand what SAMRO does as a rights administration society,” said Lishivha.
You can also use this platform to keep your personal details up to date without having to visit the SAMRO offices.
To view the video please click here or visit our youtube channel - SAMROMusic