The SAMRO Foundation (NPC) is an independently registered not-for-profit company that manages the Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and music education programmes of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) Group.
It has an independent board of directors and subcribes to the highest principles of corporate governance. In addition to managing SAMRO’s CSI responsibilities, the SAMRO Foundation has developed a range of local and international partnership projects and programmes.
Prior to the formation of the SAMRO Foundation in 2012, its forerunner – the SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts (SENA) – had already established a proud legacy of investing in the value of music and supporting the arts in Southern Africa since 1962, a year after SAMRO was founded.
Over the course of more than half a century, SAMRO has invested more than R100-million in supporting and nourishing the South African cultural landscape through bursaries, scholarships, commissions, the preservation of music heritage and other industry enrichment projects. This makes SAMRO one of the oldest, most consistent and most generous corporate funders of the arts in general, and of music in particular. Given its status as the largest music rights organisation in Africa, with some 12 000 music creators and publishers as members, SAMRO is also an active and vigorous participant in the country’s broader cultural life. Through the SAMRO Foundation, the organisation maintains an influential presence in areas ranging from arts advocacy and cultural policy matters to legislation involving the protection of intellectual property and the creative economy, in South Africa and across the continent.