Southern African Music Rights Organisation Foundation (SAMRO) Overseas Scholarship 2018 for composers

Application Deadline: Thursday 31st May 2018

administration organisation, dealing primarily with the administration of performing rights
of composers, music publishers and authors. It does so by licensing music users, collecting licence fees and distributing royalties to music creators.
SAMRO is a member of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and is affiliated to many similar societies in over a hundred countries. In order to promote the opportunities for musical activity in SAMRO’s territory of operations for the benefit of its members, CISAC permits a proportion of distributable performing rights revenue to its affiliated societies to be devoted to the encouragement of the arts. This allocation towards artistic support in South Africa is administered by the SAMRO Foundation. The
SAMRO Foundation’s three focus areas are: Music Education, Music Industry Support and the administration of the SAMRO Music Archive.
These awards rotate over a four-year cycle:
  • 2018 Composers
  • 2019 Singers
  • 2020 Instrumentalists
  • 2021 Keyboard Players
  • The competition is open to music students and professionals from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, who are not older than 32 years of age.
  • Each applicant must be within the field of jazz and Western art music.
  • The age limit is 32 years. For this year’s competition, applicants must have been born on or
    after 31 May 1986.
  • Applicants should have already completed (or expect to complete in 2018) their studies for
    a recognised undergraduate or postgraduate music degree/diploma. In exceptional cases,
    final acceptance of candidates without the necessary qualifications will be at the discretion of the SAMRO Foundation Board.


  • The value of the main Award in each genre is R200,000. The main scholarship winners’ awards should be used for master classes with internationally acclaimed composers, composition teachers or post-graduate study abroad, focussing on advancing their skills as composers.
  • All monetary prizes must be used within 2 years of being awarded, failing which the Award will be forfeited. Candidates who foresee that the deferral of the use of any funds awarded may become necessary, must submit their reasons for a deferral request in writing 3 months before the end of the 2-year period.


  • The online Application Form will be on the SAMRO Foundation website by the beginning of December 2017
  • Before completing the online form, please be sure to have the following (also see the checklist on page 8):
a. A brief Curriculum Vitae including a list of your compositions as well as performances
of your compositions (if any)
b. Most recent academic record or degree/diploma certificate
c. A brief biography of no more than 150 words, suitable for inclusion in the competition programme, publicity material and various relevant websites
d. A description of plans for further study or master classes abroad and envisaged career path (max 300 words)
e. Details of any other current study awards and bursaries
f. A recent high resolution (300dpi) colour digital profile photo (flattering and professional quality)
g. A certified copy of the candidate’s valid Identity Document as proof of age and citizenship
h. Two current testimonials regarding the candidate’s composition abilities from the candidate’s
i. most recent composition teacher
ii. any other competent and recognised musical authority to whom the candidate’s compositional abilities are known
i. Submission of a portfolio accompanied by mp3s of the works as detailed under
Submission of Portfolios. Please ensure that the volume levels of the recording are at a suitable volume
j. An affidavit from the candidate attesting to the fact that the compositions submitted
are the candidate’s own original works. Any evidence of plagiarism or copyright
infringement will immediately disqualify a candidate

Applicants should take note of the following additional guidelines:

Jazz applicants:

  • Category A:  A short work for jazz trio (piano, bass and drums), including suitable sections for improvisation.
  • Category B: A work for a standard 18-piece big band.
  • Category C: A work in the clazz category and a work incorporating Indigenous African Music (IAM) styles and instruments.

Western art music applicants:

  • Category A: A short work for a standard piano trio (violin or flute, piano & cello).
  • Category B: A work for chamber orchestra (minimum 14 players) or for standard orchestra.
  • Category C: A work in the clazz category or a work incorporating IAM styles and instruments.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship 2018


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