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SAMRO Music Creation Support Fund- 2024



About the opportunity

The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) invites musicians to apply for its Music Creation Support Fund (MCSF) worth R3million. A total of one hundred and twenty (120) Full and Associate Members of SAMRO will be awarded the grants which will allow them to work on new musical works that SAMRO hope will enable them to generate streams and audiences. The maximum grant size shall be ZAR 25 000.


  • The MCSF aims to contribute towards the creation of new original musical works that have not yet been published, performed publicly or broadcasted. This includes new original compositions or the completion of unpublished musical works such as EPs, albums, videos, or music scores.

  • Full and Associate Members of SAMRO are categorised as earning members who satisfy the eligibility criteria to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

  • SAMRO encourages Members from all the Provinces to submit their applications and not only around the Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal and Western Cape Provinces. This initiative aligns with SAMRO's commitment to supporting a diverse array of members and ensuring equitable opportunities for all members nationwide.The MCSF application and funding applies to SAMRO full and associate members only.

  • The micro-grant is for new and original musical works.  New and original musical works are those that have not been published, publicly performed or broadcast, and can include a new original composition, or the completion of an unpublished work – for example an EP, album, video or score.

  • Applications will be assessed on merit by a committee of music industry professionals based on several criteria, including whether the work is a new and original concept, how likely the final product is to succeed and how realistic and implementable the work plan is.

  • Members who have previously received MCSF support can apply but priority will be given to successful applicants who have not yet received MCSF support. 

  • SAMRO members should apply for themselves – no third party applications (music managers, promoters, etc.) will be accepted.

  • The funds should play a subsidy/support role, and should not be expected to cover the full costs of the creation/production.

  • If the application is approved, SAMRO will inform all successful applicants in writing.

  • If the application is approved, SAMRO must be acknowledged in the final version of the work.

  • If the application is approved, SAMRO will require a copy of the final product for the SAMRO Music Archive and permission for the work(s) to be available for use as part of SAMRO’s marketing

  • Only one application per member will be accepted, and double dipping (two members applying for the same project) will disqualify both  members from the support.

Selection criteria:

Applications are assessed on merit by a committee of independent music industry professionals based on the following criteria:

  • Did the work have a new and original concept?

  • How likely was the final product to succeed?

  • How realistic and implementable was the work plan?

  • How realistic was the budget?

  • How clear was the anticipated rights distribution of the completed work?


The adjudication committee’s decisions will be final. The application deadline is Friday, 15 March 2024 at 17H00. Late proposals will not be accepted.


For further information, please email during working hours (08H00-15H00) or visit their page here.

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