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Documentation & Distribution Department

  • $150 registration fee - non refundable.
  • 2 recent driver’s license size photos (coloured).
  • Photocopy of ID.
  • Photocopies of ID or Birth Certificate of the Beneficiary.
  • Photocopies of agreements if any with publishers or joint ownership.
  • Copy of CD – finished and published.
  • A minimum of 8 songs.
  • Where the artist has less than 8 required songs, a minimum of 2 original compositions enjoying airplay will make the artist eligible to register.
  • Musical profile.
  • Banking details.
  • Valid contact details (phone numbers, addresses).

For Posthumous Registration submit either: 
1). Death certificate accompanied by a copy of an affidavit signed by immediate family members stating that they have resolved to the stated name to be the beneficiary of the deceased. 
2). Letter of admission from the Master of High Court. 

Sleeve information: 
  • Name and address of recording studios and publishing houses
  • Names of producers of the music
  • Duration of each song
  • Names of composers
  • Commercial number – e.g. CD BTB 001
  • Copyright statement on CD
  • Month and Year of creation

NB: Registration on Mondays and Wednesdays only. Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • A specimen of the contract (Deed of Assignment) that the Company uses in obtaining rights from composers/authors/arrangers.
  • A list of the titles of all the musical works in respect of which the Company has obtained rights from composers/authors/arrangers, indicating the names of such composers/authors/arrangers, together with copies of Deed of Assignment executed by such composers/authors/arrangers to the Company.
  • Copies of all contracts (“sub-publication agreements”) whereby the Company has acquired rights in musical works in its catalogue to foreign publishers.
  • Copies of all contracts (“sub-publication agreements”) whereby the Company has assigned rights in musical works in its catalogue to foreign publishers.
  • Copies of Company’s music publications (minimum-10)
  • Copies of Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Memorandum and Articles of Association.
  • Copies of the cassettes/ compact discs.
  • Membership fee $300
  • Registration fees is one of the requirements so it has to be paid upfront and it is a once off payment.

    ZIMURA needs to cover administration costs incurred in the processing of your membership such as certificates, IDs and orientation exercise.

    No, we do not register groups, we want the actual composers. However, it would be helpful if you include the information about the bands you are part of during the application process.

    One can only register with one collecting society. Dual membership is only allowed where territorial administration of rights is specified.

    Publishers and recording companies provide the artist with a commercial number. A commercial number is a unique number which has never been registered to any other product in the world. It is therefore used to identify a specific CD with its owner.

    After submission of all the requirements, the works undergo a verification process and when they are proved to be authentic, one is admitted into Provisional Membership by the Board. Full membership will be granted after 12 months from the date of being a provisional member.

    No, you will not pay for anything after your admission into membership. You just have to bring in your CD and lyrics neatly handwritten but most preferably typed.

    Yes, when you become a provisional member you are given a letter of admission and a provisional ID. When you become a full member, you are given a letter of full admission, a ZIMURA Certificate and a ZIMURA ID with a membership number.

    Local and international royalty disbursement

    • Free education on copyright issues
    • Legal advice including contract signing
    • Assistance on passport and visa processing should there be a need
    • The association communicates with other international societies on copyright matters on your behalf
    • Funeral assistance to the deceased member

    Yes, royalty collection and rights to participate and vote at AGM’s.

    The facility is currently under suspension after it was discovered that some artists were abusing that privilege by buying and selling the instruments taking advantage of the duty free facility. The Statutory Instrument 136 of 2003 (Customs and Excise General Amendment Regulations 2003 (No. 8) provides for the Registered Artists Organizations to import duty free).

    A song is traditionally a combination of music and lyrics and people who create lyrics and music are the ones who can claim royalties.

    Royalties are collected from ZIMURA and they are ready from the 1st of June every year. Usually information on when a distribution is due is sent to members via mobile phones using text messages and social media platforms.

    ZIMURA distributes using the ratio of 5:1 meaning to say that if the broadcaster plays your music 5 times the assumption is that it would have been once in unmonitored places.

    Distribution is done once per year. Our traditional month for royalty distribution is June every year. Members will be notified prior to the distribution date.

    It is not fixed. It varies each time a distribution is done depending on the total revenue collected and to be distributed and the total number of works that would have been played and reported on the log sheets received. The more the airplay, the more the money one gets.

    Royalties are distributed to members who would have received airplay. Our licensing department source funds from all the public users of music including shops, bars, hotels, the commercial transport e.g buses, combis for the artists to receive their royalties besides the radio and TV stations.

    It is not ZIMURA’s mandate to tell the broadcasters what to play and what not to play, but there is 75% local content policy to regulate the use of content by broadcasters to encourage them to play local music. Other stations have policies that align with their market niche.

    You can but ZIMURA deducts 10% of your net royalties to cover for the administration costs.

    According to the contract that we have with radio stations, every radio presenter who plays music is obliged to log all music that he/ she would have played. The log sheets will then form the basis of our distribution, meaning that all songs on the log sheet will be paid for.

    Broadcasters have departments that verifies the quality of the music, if they approve it then it should be played. Some stations have policies on music genre that suits their target market and how the station wants to be different from the rest.

    It is not a loss because broadcasters pay a percentage of their spot advertising revenue. In some isolated cases if the broadcaster wants to pay per play then a fixed fee will be imposed on a single airplay.

    We pay royalties three years back from the year of the running distribution.

    The principle of distribution for audio and videos is the same and they are distributed at the same time meaning that they are treated as equal in value.

    Royalties are only given to composers and publishers. Featuring is not composing, however, a person who features can get royalties if there is a written agreement with the main composer. A royalty split sheet can be signed by both artists indicating the agreed percentages for each.

    ZIMURA has reciprocal agreements with other societies across the globe. When you are played out of Zimbabwe the collecting society in that country will send your royalties to us (ZIMURA) then you can collect from the office. Also, works of foreign members are treated the same as local works, meaning if a foreign member’s music is played here in Zimbabwe, that member will receive his/her royalties from ZIMURA through his/her collecting society.

    The files and CDs in the library are ZIMURA’s property. No one has access to them except the ZIMURA staff.

    Your copyright lasts for your lifetime and for 50 years after your death. ZIMURA will continue to administer your rights for that and fifty year period on behalf of your heir and paying out the collected royalties to them as stated in your will.

    Yes, it is possible. The testator is allowed to choose a person of his/her choice.

    ZIMURA requires the immediate relatives of the deceased member to inform its office for swift processing of the funeral arrangements and assistance.

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