About Buma / Stemra

Around 24,000 composers, lyricists and authors are affiliated to Buma/Stemra. Buma/Stemra ensures that when their creations are used they receive fair remuneration. Buma/Stemra collects these remunerations in other countries around the world via sister organisations. Buma/Stemra also covers the global music repertoire in the Netherlands and collects remuneration for use on behalf of foreign composers, lyricists and authors and transfers this to sister organisations.

Buma/Stemra represents the interests of music authors. We see that in much broader terms than just collecting and distributing the remunerations. We help enforce copyright, on occasion alongside other organisations. In addition, Buma sets aside a reserve for financial support to our members and for promoting Dutch musical products.

Buma/Stemra is involved in promoting the Dutch music product by organising, financing and subsidising numerous events. These activities are handled by Buma Cultuur. This helps to focus attention on Dutch music productions, both nationally and internationally, which in turn helps music authors improve their sales.

Copyright only works if people who violate the copyright laws are tracked down and prosecuted. This is why Stichting BREIN (the BREIN Foundation) was set up in April 1998. The BREIN Foundation formalises the cooperation between the holders of copyright and neighbouring rights, which has been in existence for decades, for fighting piracy involving audio, film, video, and interactive software.