About Us

SAMPRA is a collective management organisation (CMO) that administers Needletime Rights on behalf of recording artists and record labels. SAMPRA is governed by a board in which record companies and recording artists enjoy equal representation.

SAMPRA is also a member of the Societies’ Council for the Collective Management of Performers’ Rights (SCAPR), an international federation of needletime CMOs based in Belgium. SCAPR strives to improve the exchange of data and performers’ rights payments across borders.

The body of sound recordings licensed by SAMPRA is referred to as its repertoire. SAMPRA administers, on behalf of its members, the following rights:

  • communicating sound recordings to the public;
  • the diffusing of sound recordings; and
  • the broadcasting of sound recordings.

SAMPRA’s main functions are:

  • the licensing of needletime rights in its repertoire to users;
  • the collection of licence fees;
  • the distribution, amongst its members and international CMOs (with whom it has concluded reciprocal agreements), of royalties derived from licencing fees (less administration costs).

SAMPRA issues licences to South African radio broadcasters who use sound recordings (records, tapes, CDs, digital media) in SAMPRA’s repertoire in their transmissions. Additionally, shops, restaurants, pubs, clubs and other music users, who render sound recordings to the public, require a SAMPRA licence to authorise these organisations to play millions of sound recordings on their business premises.

SAMPRA is guided by its accreditation conditions, applicable legislation, and its Memorandum of Incorporation. SAMPRA carries out its functions in accordance with internationally accepted standards and practices.