Radio and TV

Does the time of broadcasting determine the amount I will receive?

No, but the reach of the programme and the length of time (the number of seconds that your work is broadcast) will determine how much you are paid.

My music has been released on CD, and has been played on the radio. If I became a member of Buma/Stemra, would I still receive royalties for this?

That depends. The contract applies retrospectively; from 1 January of the year in which you joined. For example, if you register with Buma/Stemra during the course of the year, you will receive a remuneration for the whole of the past year.

How does Buma know exactly what all the radio and television channels broadcast throughout the year?

Buma/Stemra has developed a technology for this: ‘fingerprinting’. A fingerprint is made from each musical work, which is stored in a database. Each musical work that is broadcast, via cable, satellite or ether, is compared with the fingerprints in the database. If there is a match, the broadcast data is automatically registered.