How to register a song in South Africa

how to register a song in SA

Do you want to know how you can register a song in South Africa? Of course you do that’s why you landed on this blog post.

Registering a song or songs is one of the easiest things that anyone can do. You don’t need a consultant or a professional such as a lawyer to do it for you.

In the following post I will explain to you how you can do this yourself (It’s that easy).

Pay SAMRO a visit or register online

SAMRO is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) and most recognised music collection society in Southern Africa.

Maybe you might have heard of SAMRO through the grapevine or while doing a search online. If you have a song (previously released or unreleased), SAMRO should be your starting point.

You have to ensure that your music is registered with SAMRO so they can collect any performance royalties due to you and your collaborators (That’s if you featured lyrists and other composers).    

In order to register a song with SAMRO you will need but not limited to the following:

  • A copy of your ID
  • Details of the composer, authors, publisher(s)
  • Email and Mobile
  • Residential and Postal Address
  • The Notification of works form

You can either visit the SAMRO offices in Johannesburg, South Africa or register online using the portal.

If you want more details on this, I would suggest you read the SAMRO online registration process and the type of registration forms required.

Get in touch with CAPASSO

Capasso registration is open to composers, songwriters and music publishers. Now you might be asking yourself “what is the incentive of registering a song with CAPASSO if you can do so with SAMRO?”

Well SAMRO and CAPASSO administer and collect different royalties. When you register a song with CAPASSO, they will collect and you pay you mechanical royalties. These royalties are derived from online streams and downloads amongst others.

It’s a simple process to register a song with capasso.


I must also state that the capasso offices are located at the SAMRO House Building. So if online is not your thing, you personally walk into their offices and register your songs. But ensure that you have the all the details required for registration.  

25 thoughts on “How to register a song in South Africa

  1. I am Msizi Ngwabi as an coming artist please support my Afro Pop number is 0814419488

  2. Hi I would like to ask how much can the registration fee be, and what are the requirements to register a song because I want to be a media recognized artist.

    1. Hi Sam

      There is no registration fee. Its free of charge.

      Please search and read articles about SAMRO, SAMPRA and CAPASSO on our website.

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