Frequently Asked Questions
For those curious about SAMPRA
1. What are Neighbouring/Needletime Rights?
- The right of the record company and recording artist to receive royalties whenever their commercially released tracks are used in public.
2. What are Neighbouring (Needletime) Rights royalties?
- Needletime/Neighbouring Rights royalties are music royalties paid to record companies and recording artists whenever their commercially released tracks are played by licensed music users such as radio broadcasters, retailers, clubs, pubs, restaurants, etc.
- Remember that to earn royalties from SAMPRA, the music user MUST be licensed by SAMPRA.
- For a list of SAMPRA licensed, click here (insert link to Licensed Music Users)
3. Who can be a member of SAMPRA?
- Record companies, recording artists as well international CMOS who administer Neighbouring Rights in their territories.
4. Who is a recording artist?
- Recording artists are people and/or groups who make an audible contribution (sound) when a track is recorded.
- Examples of recording artists = lead vocalists, bands, backing vocalists, sessionists, instrumentalists and producers.
5. Who is a Featured Performer?
- A Featured Performer is a person or a band in whose name the track or album is recorded under.
- For example, on the track, “Kulakwe”, Makhadzi is a Featured Performer and Master KG is what you call an Other Featured Performer (see 6 for definition).
- On the track, “Homeless” by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, all members of the band would be referred to as Featured Performers.
- For certain genres of music, such as Amapiano, Producers can also qualify for Featured Performer status.
6. Who is an Other Featured Performer?
- It is a guest recording artist who was featured by the Featured Performer in a track.
- For example, on the track, “Kulakwe”, Makhadzi is a Featured Performer and Master KG is what you call an Other Featured Performer.
7. Who is a Non-Featured Performer?
- A Non-Featured Performer is a recording 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.
8. Can you help me record, promote and distribute my music?
- SAMPRA’s mandate is limited to the administration of Neighbouring/Needletime Rights. We do not record, promote, “plug” or distribute music.
9. What is the difference between SAMPRA, SAMRO and CAPASSO?
- SAMPRA administers Needletime/Neighbouring Rights on behalf of recording artists and recording companies for sound recordings.
- SAMRO administers Performing Rights on behalf of authors, composers, and publishers of musical works.
- CAPASSO administers Mechanical Rights on behalf of authors, composers, and publishers of musical works.
10. Can I be a member of SAMPRA if I am already a member of SAMRO and/or CAPASSO?
- Yes, you can. This is because we all administer three different rights (see 9 above).
- If you are a singer-songwriter, you can collect Neighbouring Rights royalties from SAMPRA for your sound recordings, Performing Rights and Mechanical Rights royalties from SAMRO and CAPASSO for your compositions.
11. How can I apply for SAMPRA membership?
Option 1: Applying as a Performer Member - SAMPRA Connect
- Visit our member portal, https://connect.sampra.org.za/login
- Select Sign Up if you don’t have an active portal account.
- Confirm your email address to finish setting up your account.
- Sign in to apply for membership as a Performer Member.
- Select the Apply as a Performer tab and complete the application form in full. The application will require you to fill in your personal details.
- You will be required to upload a copy of your ID, proof of residence, and proof of banking.
- After completion of your application form, you will be need to validate your application form by checking that all your information is correct.
- Proceed to accept the terms and conditions, and then click the Submit tab to submit your application form.
- You will receive feedback on your application status within five working days.
- Should you need assistance with your application, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 011 561 9660 during office hours.
Option 2: Applying as a Record Company - SAMPRA Website
- If you would like to apply for membership on behalf of a record company, you can apply online or download the application form, complete it, and email it back to SAMPRA.
- To apply online, go to https://www.sampra.org.za/record-company-application/ select Online Form and complete it in full.
- If you prefer to work with a downloadable form, kindly download the form from https://www.sampra.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/SAMPRA-Application-Form-Record-Companies.pdf and complete it in full. Email the completed application form to email@example.com.
- If you would like to notify us of all the tracks that are owned by your record company, kindly send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request for a Repertoire Notification Form.
12. How can I contact SAMPRA?
- We are available during working hours, Monday to Friday, from 08:00-16:00 on 011 561 9660.
- We are also available on social media under these accounts:
- Facebook: South African Music Performance Rights Association
- Instagram: sampra_rsa
- Twitter: @OfficialSAMPRA