Broadcasting or playing music in public?
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Broadcasting or playing music in public?
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Broadcasting or playing music in public?
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Music Users

If you are broadcasting or playing sound recordings in public, a SAMPRA licence is required.

Become a Member

If you are broadcasting or playing sound recordings in public, a SAMPRA licence is required. Download membership forms.

Who are recording artists

Recording artists are lead vocalists, backing vocalists, instrumentalists (guitarists, drummers, pianists, saxophonists, violinists,
keyboardists, etc), and studio producers who make a performing contribution to the recorded performance.

PERFORMER CATEGORIES

Recording Artists on sound recordings are divided into three categories: Featured Performer, Non-Featured Performer, and Other Featured Performer:

  • A Featured Performer is an individual Performing Artist in whose name the CD/track
    was recorded, or a member of a band and who made a performing contribution to the recorded performance.
  • A Non-Featured Performer is a Performing Artist who has been engaged for a fixed period of time, customarily known in the industry as a session, specifically to make one or more recorded backing performances which subsequently are included in the sound recording. This includes a studio producer who makes a performing contribution to the recorded performance.
  • An Other Featured Performer is a guest recording artist whose contribution would ordinarily fall within the Non-Featured Performer status, but merits Featured status.

Background

SAMPRA is a collective management organisation (“CMO”) that administers Needletime Rights on behalf of recording artists and record labels. In 2013, a co-operation and settlement agreement was reached between the old SAMPRA and the Performers’ Organisation of South Africa Trust (“POSA”), a CMO that administered Needletime Rights on behalf of recording artists.

The agreement stated that POSA and the old SAMPRA would merge to form one CMO (to be known as SAMPRA) representing record companies and recording artists in terms of Regulation 3(1)(c) of the Regulations on the Establishment of Collecting Societies in the Music Industry. The agreement also stated that the new merged CMO would have two chambers: the Performers’ Chamber, and the Record Labels’ chamber.

The new SAMPRA is governed by a board in which record companies and recording artists enjoy equal representation. The board of the new SAMPRA is, therefore, made up of six representatives from the Performers’ Chamber, and six representatives from the Record Labels’ Chamber.

In 2016, a new Memorandum of Incorporation (“the MOI”), that gave effect to the agreement signed between POSA and the old SAMPRA in 2013, was adopted to formally merge POSA with…

  • WHAT ARE NEEDLETIME RIGHTS?

    Needletime Rights are record labels and recording artists’ rights. Needletime Rights royalties are royalties paid to… read more

  • Performing Rights (administered by SAMRO), and Mechanical Rights

    Performing Rights (administered by SAMRO), and Mechanical Rights (administered by CAPASSO) … read more

  • WHO ARE RECORDING ARTISTS?

    Recording artists are lead vocalists, backing vocalists, instrumentalists (guitarists, drummers, pianists, saxophonists…  read more

  • HOW ARE NEEDLETIME ROYALTIES ALLOCATED?

    Recording Artists on sound recordings are divided into three categories…  read more

  • REGISTRATION OF RECORDED PERFORMANCES IN WHICH ARTISTS PARTICIPATED

    Artists are urged to notify SAMPRA of recorded performances in which they participated…  read more

Got any questions?

Browse through answers to some of our requently asked questions

What licence do I require from SAMPRA?

Visit the Music Users page to ascertain which tariffs are applicable to your business when sound recordings are… Read more

How much does a licence cost?

Licence costs can vary depending on a variety of factors which include (but is not limited to) the square metre… Read more

What is the SAMPRA repertoire?

SAMPRA’s repertoire includes all those sound recordings wherein the copyright vests in RiSA’s members… Read more

Please note that our office will be closed for business between Wednesday 25 October and Wednesday 1 November 2017

When we reopen (01/11) we can be found at:
20 De Korte Sreet,
Braamfontein,
2001

Please note too, that our contact details will remain the same:
Telephone:        0861 SAMPRA or +27 11 789-5784
Fax:                        +27 11 789-5799
Email:                   info@sampra.org.za