Insight on your 2024 General Assembly host – South African Music Performance Rights Association (SAMPRA)

The South African Music Performance Rights Association (SAMPRA) is a non-profit organisation that was established in 2007 to administer Neighbouring Rights royalties in South Africa, on behalf of record companies and recording artists. SAMPRA’s membership is a representation of over 40 000 recording artists and 6 000 record companies. SAMPRA's mandate is to ensure that record companies and recording artists get remunerated rightfully when their music is used by licensed music users. SAMPRA’s approach to distributing royalties is both efficient and effective and is beneficial to its members. As a member of the Digital Data Exchange (DDEX), SAMPRA gets to participate in the Royalty Data Exchange (RDX).

In 2020, SAMPRA launched the SAMPRA Development Fund (the Fund). The Fund is a corporate social investment arm of SAMPRA, and its objective is to provide project funding to recording artists, record companies, and music enthusiasts who are passionate about promoting South African music, locally and abroad, regardless of the genre. The Fund provides project funding to qualifying applicants. The project funding covers projects in these areas of development: Music Production, Live Events, Travel & Touring, and Education & Training. The Fund also provides funding to cultural organisations that seek to promote and preserve indigenous music and culture.

Since the launch of the Fund, SAMPRA has funded over 200 Music Production projects, taken over 60 South African artists on international tours, and sponsored more than 400 live music events including award ceremonies, musicals, and theatrical productions. For more information on SAMPRA and the Fund, please visit our websites: