Become a member of Buma/Stemra

Do you write songs or lyrics, or are you a publisher? Then it may be a good idea to join us. Just like 30,000 other composers, songwriters and publishers have. You can read more about becoming a member of Buma/Stemra below.

Why become a member?

If you write songs, then you have the copyright to them. This is an automatic right. You can assign the exploitation of these copyrights to us. We then give permission to anyone who wants to use your music. We will pay the remuneration for this to you. So, you can become a member of Buma/Stemra to earn money from your songs. And to hand over the associated administration.

Why becoming a member makes sense

Become a member of Buma/Stemra if your songs are:

  • often played live on stage by you or someone else
  • regularly on national or regional TV or radio
  • released by a record label on CD, DVD or vinyl
  • streamed more than 200,000 times annually on paid music services

Do you meet one of these criteria? Then that is a good reason to become a member. Would you like advice about your situation? Please contact our membership service via +31 (0)23-799 7889.

5 misunderstandings about becoming a member

  • You cannot become a member as a performing artist or session musician only. You can do that with Sena.
  • You cannot become a member as a group or a band. You can become a member as an individual person, yes.
  • We do not protect your songs. You do get remuneration
  • Becoming a member is not mandatory. You can also administer your rights yourself or exclude certain categories.
  • You do not have to be a Dutch citizen, and you do not have to live in the Netherlands. Welcome

What does membership cost?

For a songwriter, membership costs:

  • €45.76 one-off affiliation charge
  • €63.55 annual contribution

This means you pay €109.31 in the first year.

 

Register as a publisher

You can also join us as a publisher. Just like more than 1,500 publishers who are already members. You can read about what a publisher does below. And when it is smart to become a member.

What does a publisher do?

As a music publisher, you trade in songs and the author’s copyrights attached to them. You enter into contracts with songwriters. And you ensure their songs generate as much income as possible. In a broad sense, you contribute to the success of a songwriter’s career.

This is not the same as a record label. Record labels deal in the recording of songs and the neighbouring rights. As a record label you cannot join us, but you can join Sena.

Why becoming a member makes sense

Becoming a member of Buma/Stemra makes sense if:

  • you are a publisher and represent the songs of others
  • these songs are performed or released regularly (live)
  • you want us to administer your share of these songs

Meeting one of these criteria is already a good reason to become a member. Would you like advice about your situation? Please contact our membership service via +31 (0)23-799 7889.

5 misunderstandings about becoming a member

  • You cannot become member as a record label. You can do that with Sena.
  • If you release your music yourself, you are not yet a publisher. Sign up as a songwriter.
  • We do not protect music. You do get remuneration.
  • However, you are not required to be a member. You can also administer your rights yourself or exclude certain categories. You can see how that works here.
  • You do not have to be a Dutch company or have an office in the Netherlands. Welcome

What does membership cost?

Membership costs for a publisher:

  • €91.51 one-off affiliation charge
  • €127.10 annual contribution

This means you pay €218.61 in the first year.

 

Cancellation of membership

When you cancel your membership, you still retain a number of rights. This way you will receive an overview every year with the rights income allocated to you and the amounts paid per category (up to three years after deregistration you can still receive payments). In addition, you will be informed about management costs and other deductions via the annual report and the notes to the website. We request that you report changes to your address and bank details to the Member Service Department in good time so that Buma / Stemra can continue to distribute your rights income. Any rights income that remains unpaid (for example due to incorrect bank details) can be found in an annual overview that you receive from Buma / Stemra. Finally, you can also submit a comment or complaint up to three years after deregistration as an ex-member.

Buma / Stemra has a protocol for denying management of rights for objectively justified reasons. If you would like to receive the protocol, please contact us.

Complaints procedure

If you have a complaint about our service, tell us, we will be happy to work with you to find a good solution. More information about the complaints procedure, please contact us.