Buma or Stemra

What is the difference between Buma and Stemra?

Buma is an association that issues licenses and collects fees for ‘the publication of music’. Think of music playing on the radio, television or in public places, such as cafés/bars or other venues. Stemra is a foundation with a focus on the so-called mechanical rights, or the recording and reproduction of musical works. Music users pay a fee for recording musical works on sound carriers (CDs, DVDs), which ultimately benefits composers, lyricists and music publishers.