Faqs

Who is SAMPRA?

The South African Music Performance Rights Association (SAMPRA) is a Collective Management Organisation (CMO) that administers music rights known as Neighbouring Rights (also known as Needletime Rights) or on behalf of recordings artists and recording companies jointly. We do this by licensing music users such as radio broadcasters, retailers, pubs, clubs, restaurants, and other businesses that use music in their establishments. The licence fees collected from these establishments by SAMPRA are processed and paid as music royalties to recording artists and record companies whose tracks were performed by these establishments during the period.

How does one apply for SAMPRA membership?

Online:  Visit our website (www.sampra.org.za) and click on the Members tab and then select Member Forms from the drop down menu. If you are a recording artist, select Application Form Recording Artists. If you would like to apply on behalf of a record company, kindly select Application Form Record Companies.

Download: On our website (www.sampra.org.za), click on the Members tab and then select Member Forms from the drop down menu. Find the relevant forms under Downloadable Forms. If you are a recording artist, select the downloadable form Application Form Recording Artists. If you would like to apply on behalf of a record company, select the downloadable form Application Form Record Companies. Kindly send the completed application form to info@sampra.org.za

We are also available on social media under these accounts:

  • Facebook: South African Music Performance Rights Association
  • Instagram: sampra_rsa
  • Twitter: @OfficialSAMPRA

You can also call us during working hours on 011 561 9660 and request that the relevant form be sent to you.

Alternatively, you can request an application form by sending your request to: info@sampra.org.za.

Should you wish to apply for membership in person, you can visit our offices during office hours at: 20 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How long does SAMPRA take to process new member applications?

It can take up to 10 working days from the day you submit your application form to the day you receive your notification of membership via email.  Always ensure that your personal information is completed fully in case we need to get hold of you regarding your application.

What is the difference between SAMPRA, SAMRO and CAPASSO?

  • SAMPRAThe South African Music Performance Rights Association sampra.org.za administers Needletime/Neighbouring Rights on behalf of recording artists and recording companies.
  • SAMRO – The Southern African Music Rights Organisation administers Performing Rights on behalf of authors, composers and publishers of musical works.
  • CAPASSO – The Composers, Authors & Publishers Association administers Mechanical Rights on behalf of authors, composers and publishers of musical works

If my song is played on radio today, when should I possibly expect my royalties?

If your track was played by a SAMPRA licensed radio station or any other music user in 2018, then your royalties will be paid to you in December 2019. If your track was played by a SAMPRA licensed radio station in 2019, then your royalties will be paid to you in 2020.

Remember, your tracks must have been played in order for you to get royalties. Additionally, your tracks must have been played by a licensed radio station in order for you to get your royalties.

Visit our website on www.sampra.org.za to check a list of all SAMPRA licensed broadcasters. You can find the relevant list under the Licensed Users tab.

Please refer me the right procedure/process and site’s that can guarantee me patent/copyright ownership

For all intellectual property protection, kindly contact the Department of Trade and Industry. SAMPRA’s mandate is limited to the licensing of music users in respect of Needletime/Neighbouring Rights and paying the fees collected to recording artists and record companies as royalties.

As an independent artist, what requirements am I expected to meet in order to register with SAMPRA?

There are no special requirements that you need to meet as an independent recording artist. As with all recording artists, you need to apply for SAMPRA membership, and your tracks need to have been commercially released.  In order for you to earn royalties, your tracks must receive airplay from our licensed music users.

Does one need to be signed to a publisher to register with SAMPRA?

You don’t need to have been signed by a publisher to register with SAMPRA. All recording artists who contributed in the recording of a track, including the studio producer, can apply for SAMPRA membership.

How do I know if I have been registered as a SAMPRA member?

You can check your membership status by visiting our website (www.sampra.org.za). Click on the Members tab and then select SAMPRA Performer Members  https://www.sampra.org.za/sampra-performer-members/ to check if your name is registered.

You can also give us a call on 011 561 9660 during office hours to check your status.

Alternatively, you can request the status of your application by sending your email request to info@sampra.org.za.

You can also send us a message on social media under these accounts:

  • Facebook: South African Music Performance Rights Association
  • Instagram: sampra_rsa

Twitter: @OfficialSAMPRA

I would like to collaborate with some of your members. Would it be possible for you to give me their contact details?

While we appreciate and encourage collaborations between our members, we are unable to share any of our member’s personal information.

What is an ISRC? And why do I need it for my tracks?

The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) system is the international system for identification of recorded music and music videos. Each ISRC is a unique identifier that can be permanently encoded into a track. RISA is the appointed agency in South Africa http://www.risa.org.za/ that issues these codes and you can contact them for more information.

I have been requested to fill in a Role Code on the SAMPRA Notification Form? What does this mean?

We are basically asking you to identify the role you played in the making of the track/s.  You need to tell us whether you were a Featured Performer, an Other Featured Performer or whether you were a Non-Featured Performer.

  • Featured Performer is a person in whose name the track or album was recorded under. This definition also includes members of a band who were present and participated in the making of the track or album.
  • Other Featured Performer is a guest recording artist who was featured by the Featured Performer in a track.
  • Non-Featured Performer is an artist who was present and participated in the making of a track or an album for a fixed period or what is normally called in the industry as a session. Backing vocalists, instrumentalist & studio producers would fall under this definition.

Does SAMPRA help recording artist get an Artist Manager or recording deals?

SAMPRA’s mandate is limited to the licensing of music users in respect of Needletime/Neighbouring Rights and paying the fees collected to recording artists and record companies as royalties.

How much do I need to pay in order to register my record company with SAMPRA?

SAMPRA does not charge application fees to recording artists or record companies.

How are Needletime/Neighbouring Rights fees collected from music users?

SAMPRA licenses music users such as radio broadcasters, retailers, pubs, clubs, restaurants, and other businesses that use from music in their establishments. These fees are then paid to recording artists and record companies as royalties in respect of Needletime/Neighbouring Rights royalties.

Can you explain what Needletime/Neighbouring Rights are?

A track has a number of music rights within it. One of these rights is a right known as Needletime/Neighbouring Rights. Needletime/Neighbouring Rights is a right given to a music user to perform a commercially released sound recording (a track), in public, in return for a fee.

Does SAMPRA have other branches in other provinces?

Our offices are located in Johannesburg at 20 De Korte Street, Braamfontein.

Should you require member or licensing information, you can give us a call during office hours on 011 561 9660. You can also send  an email query to info@sampra.org.za for all your member or licensing enquiries .

We are also available on social media under the following accounts:

  • Facebook: South Africa Music Performance Rights Association
  • Instagram: sampra_rsa
  • Twitter: @OfficialSAMPRA

I’d like to invite SAMPRA to a music workshop that I am hosting. What information does SAMPRA require from me?

Please send a detailed proposal to info@sampra.org.za and we will revert regarding our availability. Kindly note that while we always try our best to attend industry related workshops, it is not always financially possible for us to do so.

What is a Performance Report?

A Performance Report is a report that shows all your tracks that have been registered with SAMPRA. This information includes tracks where you performed as a Featured Performer, an Other Featured Performer as well as where you performed as a Non Featured Performer.

  • Featured Performer is a person in whose name the track or album was recorded under. This definition also includes members of a band who were present and participated in the making of the track or album.
  • Other Featured Performer is a guest recording artist who was featured by the Featured Performer in a track.
  • Non-Featured Performer is an artist who was present and participated in the making of a track or an album for a fixed period or what is normally called in the industry as a session. Backing vocalists, instrumentalist & studio producers would fall under this definition.

Does SAMPRA help record labels find talent?

SAMPRA’s mandate is limited to the licensing of music users in respect of Needletime/Neighbouring Rights and paying the fees collected to recording artists and record companies as royalties

How do I get a Featured Performer, that I did a session for, to register with SAMPRA because I am worried that as a Non Featured Performer I will lose out of my royalties if the Featured Performer is not registered with you?

You can provide the contact details of the Featured Performer and we will contact them to apply for membership.

Can I come to your offices for member related issues, including the filling in of forms?

Should you wish to interact with us in person, you can visit our offices during office hours. We are at 20 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

As a licensee, I have a blanket licence. I was advised by a SAMPRA representative that SAMPRA collects licence fees based on the repertoire that you represent. What does this mean?

In terms of the law, record companies, as copyright owners, have the exclusive right to licence and collect licence fees from music users. Since SAMPRA has been mandated by more than 4 800 record companies to licence and collect on their behalf, tracks (including international tracks) we administer as mandated by more than 4 800 record companies constitute the SAMPRA Repertoire. SAMPRA, therefore, licences music users and collects licence fees from them as mandated by record companies. However, when SAMPRA processes royalties, it has the obligation to split the royalty 50/50 between the record company that owns the track and the performers who participated when the track was recorded.