Frequently Asked Questions

What do you do to help musicians?
What kind of services are you looking for from your contributers?
What is the SAMSA Music Scene?
How do I get benefits?
Who qualifies for benefits?
What does 'working person' mean?
Must I be tax-compliant to get help?
What proof is acceptable?
Who decides who gets help?
When do you expect to be able to provide help?
What percentage of your funding goes to costs?
How can I help?

What do you do to help musicians?
We are currently supporting musicians by promoting them and their performances on our SAMSA Music Scene site; helping them connect to third party resources; buying tickets to shows: offering accommodation when they travel and more. In the next phase, we -- and our partners -- will be offering a wide range of benefits that will help keep our musicians healthy, safe and mobile.

What kind of services are you looking for from your contributers?
Anything that will keep our musicians playing. Medical and legal professionals, auto mechanics, food stores, guest houses, transport services and more are all encouraged to pitch in. Contact us to get started.

What is the SAMSA Music Scene?
The SAMSA Music Scene is SAMSA's party side. It's where musicians get listed, discovered and hired. Site guests can watch your videos, stream your tracks, find your gigs and contact you.

How do I get benefits?
First, register here. Once SAMSA is ready to enter phase 2 of our development, music people will be able to apply and present their case for assistance.

Who qualifies for benefits?
Any working person in the music industry may qualify.

What does 'working person' mean?
If you're doing gigs as a muso, sound man, roadie, lighting tech, producer, agent, or anything else where your primary income is from this music industry activity. You will be asked to provide proof that this is what you do.

Must I be tax-compliant to get help?
No, but you should get your taxes sorted anyway, because its the right thing to do!

What proof is acceptable?
FB event posts, letters from venues and/or other employers, statements by you verified by other active music people and so on. Our goal is for this to be an easy and transparent process. But care will be taken so that no one takes adavantage of this opportunity inapproriately.

Who decides who gets help?
SAMSA will appoint a committee of music and related industry professionals that will review applications and make deciscions.

When do you expect to be able to provide help?
Some help, such as publicizing your shows, giving referrals to partners and professionals in our growing network, is available right now. Financial assistance is dependent on how fast we are able to raise a suitable endowment (pile of money) that generates enough return for us to be self-suataining and provide financial help . Our goal is to be able to start offering financial aid by the end of 2021, if not sooner.

What percentage of your funding goes to costs?
Right now, everyone at SAMSA is working as an unpaid volunteer. As we grow, it's anticipated that running the organization will require full-time, paid positions. It is our commitment to keep our operating cost within the NPO industry standard range of 12-22% of our annual gross.

How can I help?
We need people who can contribute funds, services or valuable information. So, if you're a doctor, dentist, accountant, lawyer, physiotherapist or other professional who can provide services to SAMSA people, we want to hear from you. Bloggers and industry insiders, WE NEED YOU! Find out more here.

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