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Listed below are some questions that pop up now and again in our interactions:

  • HOW DO I GET MY MUSIC ONTO LEGITIMATE DIGITAL SERVICES?
  • WHY SHOULD I BECOME A MEMBER OF CAPASSO?

    Joining CAPASSO as an author or publisher member will be to your benefit because CAPASSO continuously strives for excellence in efficiency when it comes to mechanical licence fee collections as well as service excellence in royalty distributions.

  • WHAT IS PRODUCTION MUSIC?

    Production Music is specifically written for inclusion in audio and audio-visual productions and is recorded for convenient synchronisation or dubbing in to these productions. Its range encompasses recorded versions of classical works, fanfares, musical bridges, stings... in fact, almost any type of musical accompaniment or backing to almost any scene.

    When it comes to production music, CAPASSO licenses music used in radio, TV and cinema, advertising, films, corporate video production, multimedia and more. What's more, CAPASSO has blanket licences with broadcasters that cover the use of production music in normal TV programming, such as documentaries, dramas, magazine programmes and in-house promos.

  • WHO CAN JOIN CAPASSO?

    Any composer, author and publisher may become a member of CAPASSO.

  • WHO ARE THE PRODUCTION MUSIC PUBLISHERS?

    Click here for a full list of CAPASSO publishers, libraries and contact details.

  • I AM ALREADY A MEMBER OF ANOTHER COLLECTING SOCIETY FOR MY MECHANICAL RIGHTS. CAN I STILL JOIN CAPASSO?

    You can only be a member of one collecting society for your Mechanical Rights in any territory. In South Africa, both NORM and SAMRO no longer administer mechanical rights, leaving CAPASSO as the only collecting society administering mechanical rights in the musical work, in the territory.


    If you are a member of another society outside South Africa, contact us for more information on DUAL Membership.

  • IF I JOIN, DOES THAT MEAN CAPASSO OWNS MY MUSIC?

    No. CAPASSO works on an agency basis so you continue to own your work at all times.

  • WHERE DID CAPASSO COME FROM?

    CAPASSO was incorporated in 2014, as a non-profit company representing the mechanical rights of music composers, authors and publishers (hence the name: Composers Authors and Publishers Association – CAPASSO).

    The organisation came about as a result of the coming together of SAMRO and NORM, with the vision to create a progressive mechanical rights licensing hub, which would represent all rightsholders and would play an integral role in the copyright licensing landscape on the African continent.

    Supported by the Copyright Review Commission Report released by the DTI in 2012, which recommended one collecting society per right, both SAMRO and NORM transferred their mechanical rights licensing operations to CAPASSO, and support the organisations strategic goals of service excellence to both members and users, comprehensive licensing in the digital era and being a truly African organisation.

  • WILL SAMRO STILL ADMINISTER MECHANICAL RIGHTS?

    No. SAMRO will no longer administer mechanical rights. SAMRO will focus on performing rights, and related activities, as its core business area.

  • WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO SAMRO’S MECHANICAL RIGHTS MEMBERS?

    SAMRO will mandate CAPASSO to administer its member’s mechanical rights during the Interim Period of 12 months. During the Interim Period, all SAMRO’s mechanical right’s members will be requested to cancel their mechanical rights’ assignment to SAMRO, and join CAPASSO as members.

    After the Interim Period, SAMRO’s mandate to CAPASSO will end and all ex-members of SAMRO will have to be members of CAPASSO if they wish CAPASSO to administer mechanical rights on their behalf.

  • WHAT ARE MECHANICAL RIGHTS?

    When it comes to music, there are several different rights that exist in any musical work or recording. Collectively, these are known as copyright. Yes, copyright is made up of several other rights, including, for example, performing rights, which are administered by SAMRO, and master rights, whichis the separate copyright the record label has in the actual sound recording.

    CAPASSO only administers the mechanical right in the composition's copyright, i.e. the right that arises when a musical work is reproduced or transferred from one format to another (from a master tape to a CD for example).

    There are many examples of when a mechanical right arises: when promotional CDs are pressed, when an MP3 is purchased for download from an online music store by a user, when videos are put onto the correct format for broadcasting, or when music is attached to television programming …and these are just a few.

    Remember, a license – or permission – from the copyright owner (represented by CAPASSO in this instance) must be obtained before any transfer takes place.

  • WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO NORM’S MECHANICAL RIGHTS MEMBERS?

    NORM will mandate CAPASSO to administer its member’s mechanical rights during the Interim Period of 12 months. During the Interim Period, all NORM mechanical right’s members will be requested to cancel their mandate to NORM and join CAPASSO as members.

    After the Interim Period, NORM’s mandate to CAPASSO will end and all ex-members of NORM will have to be members of CAPASSO if they wish CAPASSO to administer mechanical rights on their behalf.

  • WHY CHOOSE OUR PRODUCTION MUSIC LIBRARIES?

    They are is an affordable and readily available source of recorded music. The music is licensed, in most cases, at published rates and pre-clearance is not necessary. Production music allows you to pay a set fee, in order to use both the composition and recording.

    Many of the composers writing for our libraries are highly regarded (including contemporary hit-makers and film music writers) ensuring that the quality of music you are getting is of a world-class standard. And not only that, through their principals our production music libraries also offer you the cream of the crop as far as international production music is concerned!

  • DOES CAPASSO LICENSE SYNCH RIGHTS?

    CAPASSO does not license synchronisation rights (“synch rights”). You will have to contact the publisher directly should you need synch licence for commercial music usage for TV, radio or cinema advertising.

  • WHO NEEDS A CAPASSO LICENSE?

    Licenses are required by the following users as there is a reproduction or reformatting of musical works In the following activities.

    • Production house - Production houses who use commercial and production music in their productions (regular and promotional productions), whether on TV, radio, digital platform or hardcopy.
    • Record companies - Record companies who don’t distribute their product through the major record companies require permissions when pressing CDs etc.
    • Online music services - Online music services that provide download and streaming services.
    • Advertising agencies - Advertising agencies using music when working in all forms of media.
    • Broadcasters - Radio, Online Radio and TV broadcasts.
    • Filmmakers - Filmmakers who use music (commercial and production) in their films.
    • Corporate companies - Corporate companies that use music for their corporate communications.
    • Gaming and Apps - Gaming and Apps companies that use music.
    • Physical Music Providers - Providers of commercial music to retail companies or businesses
      • Shopping Malls
      • Cinemas
      • Retail Stores
      • Trains
      • Aeroplanes
    • Karaoke and Backing Tracks - Providers of karaoke services or people who make use of backing tracks for live performances.
    • Jukeboxes - Providers of jukeboxes to public venues.
  • HOW TO LICENSE PRODUCTION MUSIC?

    CAPASSO has a rate card that covers use of production music in films and cinema, audio-visual presentations, live events, corporate presentations, television (including in-flight and closed-circuit), broadcast radio (advertising and programmes), audio only recordings, internet and much more. Click here for our Rate Card.

    Once you have decided on the music you wish to use,simply contact Vivenne on vivienned@capasso.co.za or 011 447 8870 and he will process your application quickly and easily! "All we ask that you do is accurately fill in a music cue sheet to ensure that the composers receive their royalties!"