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Licensing 

Music publishing means your music is more accessible, it also means that there is a risk of piracy, while the associated risks are lower compared to digital releases, we want our clients to be as safe as possible. For that reason, included in every publishing order is a free CAPASSO clearance submission. This is a form that notifies CAPASSO of your manufacture and therefore tracking of your physical publishing.

As it is better to fully protect we encourage our clients to register with relevant copyright/collection agencies. We will either provide you with your desired registration and notification of works forms for free or for a fee of R100 per submission (excluding membership/registration fees), we will fill in and submit your forms for you. If you have made a large order or are part of a big group and therefore working with multiple musicians submitting to multiple agencies, our fee drops, in some cases, you will receive a discount of up to 50%. In very special cases we will go even lower.

We assist in submissions with SAMRO, CAPASSO, RiSA and on occasion SAMPRA for more info on each agency See below. To license yourself and your tunes with us, get in contact with us!

 

More on Rights

Licensing 

SAMRO’s primary role is to administer Performing Rights on behalf of their members. They do so by licensing music users (such as television and radio broadcasters, live music venues, retailers, restaurants, promoters and shopping centers), through the collection of license fees which are then distributed as royalties. See more on performance rights below.

 

CAPASSO is the Composers, Authors and Publishers Association. It is responsible for licensing your music and collecting fees from Music Users like radio stations and advertising agencies, DJ’s and anyone who makes copies, cover versions or compilation CDs. Any time that you - or anyone - reproduces your music in any format, you will get paid via CAPASSO. These are called Mechanical Rights.

 

RiSA is the Recording Institute of South Africa, it is the organisation that is accredited to produce ISRC codes for your music in South Africa. This code allows your work to be tracked by other collection agencies as well as tracking sales and all digital distribution.


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.

 

 

These are your Rights!

What are Performance Rights?

Performing Rights are the rights to perform music in public and is part of copyright law. The users of the musical works have to, by law, pay the creators of those musical works for the public use of their music. Performing Rights belong to the person or people who own the music. That’s music composers, lyricists or music publishers who wrote, created or produced it. They earn royalties when the music is either performed in public, or broadcast on mediums such as TV or radio. And even when it’s used in a telephone message service or played in an elevator - SAMRO makes sure that playback time is payback time.

 

What are Mechanical rights?
Mechanical Rights are royalties that composers, lyricists and music publishers earn when their music is copied and transformed into things like cassettes, CDs, Vinyl and DVDs, MP3s – even ringtones – for public use. In other words when it is reproduced by a device or machine.

 

What are Needletime rights?

Needletime Rights royalties make sure performers and recording artists get paid when their music is played in public. These are the people who were in the studio playing the instruments, or singing the lyrics when the recording was made. Even if they didn’t write the song or the lyrics, their talent contributed to the final product. So they should get paid any time the song is played on the radio or anywhere else in public for that matter. In South Africa, Needletime Rights are administered by the South African Music Performance Rights Association (SAMPRA).

 

What is an ISRC?

ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is the globally recognized standard numbering system for audio and music video recordings. It comprises a 12-digit alphanumeric code and functions as a universal identification number for each sound recording. ISRC codes are primarily used to identify and catalog individual songs (tracks) on an album. The ISRC allows you to get paid for digital music sales by ensuring that your royalties are tracked properly. ISRC codes are necessary to sell your individual tracks via iTunes and other online music distributors. They are also required for any songs that you plan to offer for streaming on Spotify and other streaming services.  Similarly, you need to get ISRC codes in order to have your songs participate in the Billboard charts. In order to have a chance at making the Billboard music charts, your release must be registered with SoundScan using your ISRC codes for the individual tracks. If you do not register then your sales figures are not counted, and you remain invisible to the system.

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