The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) has been rocked by a forensic investigation into its R48m investment in the United Arab Emirates Music Rights collection agency. The organisation will hold an extraordinary general meeting on September 11 to discuss this issue and a number of promises that have been made since its new CEO, Nothando Migogo, took the reins of a fiefdom that has been in existence for 55 years. Samro’s primary role is to administer performing rights on behalf of its members. It licenses music users — radio and television broadcasters, live music venues, retailers, shopping centres and promoters — through the collection of licence fees, which are distributed as royalties. It is a nonprofit organisation. The forensic investigation has come at a good time for its members. They have for years expressed their dissatisfaction with the organisation and have lately increased the volume of their complaints about non-payment for their works, Samro’s three-tie...

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