The Performers’ Organisation of South Africa Trust (POSA) commenced the distribution of Needletime rights royalties to artists whose tracks have been used by music users. The first distribution, for 2009 royalties, was done on 23 December 2014. Subsequent distributions, for the years between 2010 and 2012, were done in January and February 2015. 

POSA has successfully processed royalties and has paid featured artists as well as session musicians featured in the tracks that earned royalties. The following are the percentages, per distribution, that have been achieved (where royalties were successfully allocated to deserving performers per track):

2009(1) 91.01%;

2009(2)78.90%;

201087.73%

201183.35%; and

201284.90%.

The average percentage of processed royalties is 85.17.

The amounts that have not yet been processed and distributed are those belonging to tracks that have not been registered with POSA. POSA has been tracing and contacting the relevant featured artists requesting them to register their tracks, and royalties are processed as soon as tracks are registered and payment is also effected immediately. 

It is also important to state that the SAMRO board of Directors and the POSA board of Trustees took a decision that, for these distributions, POSA would not charge any administration fee. This means that nothing has been deducted from the performers’ royalties.