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.