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The Southern African Music Rights Organisation NPC (SAMRO) is a leading regional copyright administration business, dealing primarily with the administration of music composers’ and authors’ Performing Rights.

As a registered non-profit organisation, SAMRO’s primary role is to administer copyright in music creators’ and publishers’ intellectual property (i.e. their Performing Rights). It does so by licensing music users (such as television and radio broadcasters, live music venues, and establishments that play music, such as retailers, restaurants and shopping centres), collecting licence fees and distributing royalties to music creators.

SAMRO also plays a vital role in funding and supporting music and arts education through the SAMRO CSI. It also boosts the local music industry by hosting regular seminars and workshops, and supporting conferences to help foster and develop creativity across all categories and genres of music. SAMRO is Africa’s leading Collective Management Organisation (CMO) and is a member of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), enabling it to represent the interests of its composers, authors and publishers on a global scale.

SAMRO is committed to being a world-class African copyright administration business that upholds the highest standards of corporate governance, business ethics and management in its quest to make a valuable and lasting contribution to the lives of its members, to South African cultural heritage, and to the music industry in general.

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