How to join - Music

The Music Division protects the Authors’ and Publishers’ rights related to the performance, reproduction, disclosure, communication and recording of the Musical Works.

By registering and declaring their works, Members and Principals will have the right to receive income for the use both from Italy and the rest of the world -  according to specific agreements established with other Authors’ Societies.

Composers and Music Writers, Authors and Literary Written Work Adaptors, Publishers and Sub-publishers are protected.

If you want, as an author of lyrics/composer, to obtain SIAE’s protection on works falling within the competence of the Music Division, you are over 16 years old, you are not a former member of SIAE or you do not have to ask for an extension of your qualification, you can join online; otherwise you must submit:

1) The membership application form to be used in case you are not interested in exercising the right – reserved only to “Members”- to participate in the Society’s General Assembly and to vote the relevant deliberations on the agenda, such as the appointment of the Supervisory Board members (Articles 12, 13, 14 and 15 of SIAE by –laws)

If you are under 16 years of age, your membership application form must also contain your personal details, your tax code number and the signature of those who exercise the parental authority.

As of January 1st 2015, membership is completely free of charge for authors up to the age of 30. As an alternative to membership, authors up to the age of 30 can give a mandate, which is free of charge but, however, requires the payment, at joining, of the stamp duty of 32 EUR.

The free of charge membership or mandate ends on December 31 of the year when the 30 year of age falls.

We remind you that becoming our Member or Principal implies to accept in full all rules contained in SIAE’s by-laws and General Regulations, published in the Law Library of our website.

2) The registration of at least one work, through the specific form (Mod. 112 H3), together with a copy of the music sheet and of the lyrics, if any. We remind you that the lyrics can be registered only if completed with the musical part.

N.B. In case composers and/or authors who have not joined any Society of Authors have participated in the work, it is necessary that you and all the other SIAE’s Members or Principals participating in the work confirm to have the lawful right to exercise the rights of economic use when signing the registration form.

Once you are a SIAE’s Member or Principal, the registration of additional musical works does not provide for any additional charge. Your works will be administered by SIAE for the entire duration of membership or mandate, with no expiry date or necessity of renewal.

3) Receipt of payments, where provided for:

- for authors who decide to become Members

- for authors who decide to become Principals

4) Communication of the method chosen for the payment of royalties.

5) A copy of your identification document. Make sure that it is valid and that personal details and citizenship are clearly indicated.

6) A copy of your tax code card.

Once the membership or mandate application procedure is completed, if you meet the established requirements you can obtain the extension of protection from other Sections.  If you want, you can also request your stage name to be recognized or the use of a pseudonym to be authorized.

If you want to obtain SIAE’s protection on works falling within the competence of the Music Division in the quality of publisher of musical works, you must submit:

Only “Members” can participate in the General Assembly of the Society and vote the relevant deliberations on the agenda, including the appointment of the members of the Supervisory Board (Articles 12, 13 e 14 and 15 of SIAE’s by –laws)

1) The membership application, signed by the owner of the company (or by the legal representative of the company), together with the payment of the administrative fees for the recognition of the company’s name. The publisher Principal will have to pay also the stamp duty.

2) If the company is established in a form of corporation, it will be necessary to submit also:

- The articles of incorporation and the by-laws demonstrating that the company carries out a publishing activity in the music field (in original or certified copy);

- Certificate of incorporation issued not before than 3 months prior to the submission of the membership application;

- Communication of the form chosen for the payment of royalties;

- Certified e-mail address;

- Registration of at least ten works for which the Music Publishing Company has acquired the rights of economic exploitation in the quality of original publisher. For this purpose, together with the copies of the work, the specific registration forms must be submitted;

- A copy of a valid identification document, clearly specifying the personal details and citizenship of the legal representative of the company.

3) In case of sole proprietorship:

- Certificate of incorporation issued not before than 3 months prior to the submission of the membership application;

- Communication of the form chosen for the payment of royalties;

- Certified e-mail address

- Registration of at least ten works for which the Music Publishing Company has acquired the rights of economic exploitation in the quality of original publisher. For this purpose, together with the copies of the work, the specific registration forms must be submitted;

- A copy of valid identification document clearly specifying the personal details and citizenship of the company proprietor.

4) If the company for which you submit the membership application form has been established less than two years ago and its initial said ten works consist of works of SIAE’s author members who are less of 30 years of age; or if it is a sole proprietorship company and its owner is up to the age of 30 and its initial published repertoire consists of works of SIAE’s author members who are less of 30 years of age , then the company is exempted from paying the contribution or the annual fee also for:

a) the two years following the effective date of membership or mandate (except for the stamp duty of 32 EUR which is in any case due, at joining, in the case of “Mandate”), if it is a company;

b) the whole year the owner ages 30 (except for the stamp duty of 32 EUR which is in any case due, at joining, in the case of “Mandate”), in case of sole proprietorship.

Once the membership or mandate application procedure is completed, if you meet the established requirements you can obtain the extension of protection from other Sections. If you want, you can also request your stage name to be recognized or the use of a pseudonym to be authorized.

If you are an heir or successor in title of a deceased Member or Principal or if you want to request posthumous protection for works managed by the Music Division, you must submit the forms/documentation described below.

Under the provisions of the Society’s by-laws and General Regulations in force, the heir can join SIAE in quality of Principal or in quality of Member. In the latter case, you will have the right to participate in the Society’s General Assembly and to vote the relevant deliberations on the agenda, nomination of the Supervisory Board members included.

1) Membership application

2) Affidavit written by a notary public or self-declaration affidavit issued in accordance with the Presidential Decree no. 445 of December 28th 2000, containing the following information:

- Last name, first name, marital status and date of death of the deceased author;

- Type of succession: testate or intestate;

- Last name, first name, place and date of birth of the statutory, testamentary, forced heirs and legatees, their current addresses and their shares in the succession;

- Last name, first name of the legal representative of the minor, debarred or incapacitated heirs, if any;

- Date of marriage, if any, last name, first name, place and date of birth and address of the surviving spouse (specify if it is the first or second marriage);

- Whether a divorce or separation decree was issued against the surviving spouse in any country or a marriage annulment final judgement was issued at the moment of the opening of the succession (if so, give details on the judgement);

- Personal details and date of birth of the divorced spouse (or, if deceased, also the date of death) if there was a prior marriage;

- If there is a will, that this is not opposed or contested (if this specification is not contained in the minutes mentioned at the following point 4);

- That, except for the people referred to in the will, there aren’t any other beneficiaries in the succession;

- That the document is written for the heirs’ joining SIAE and implies the acceptance of the succession by the heirs.

If sent by mail, the self-declaration affidavit must be sent with a copy of the declarant’s valid identification document. SIAE reserves the right to ask for the affidavit in case it is deemed appropriate.

3) Certified copy of any waiver of the succession from the heir/s

4) Certified copy (by a Notary Public or Registrar of the Court, etc. – with original stamp and signature) of the minutes of will publication, if any, demonstrating that the will has not been opposed or contested

5) Certified copy of the divorce decree or marriage annulment final judgement, if any

6) In case of more than one heir, it is necessary to provide a proxy on stamped paper with certified signatures appointing a joint representative of the heirs to carry out the execution of the will at SIAE. This can include also the right to receive the royalties due or can have a limited administrative purpose; it is appropriate to indicate in the document the individual share of inheritance of the beneficiaries. The proxy can be given to one of the heirs or to a third party. In the latter case, the membership application referred to at point 1, must be addressed to the “Co-ownership by heirs of …………., represented and administered by…… (last name and first name of the representative)”. In the event the deed was drawn up in a foreign country, the signatures must be certified by the Italian consulate.

7) Decree of appointment of the guardian of underage or interdicted heir and of the curator, if any, of underage, emancipated or incapable heir or an alternative deed under seal as per Presidential Decree no. 445 of December 28th 2000.

8) A legislative measure from the tutelary judge authorizing the guardian, curator or applicant according to the first paragraph of Article 321 of the Civil code to accept the inheritance, donation or legacy and to receive the revenue accrued and that will accrue in favour of the underage, interdicted or incapable heir. In case of a parent exercising the parental authority, only the authorization by the tutelary judge is needed in order to receive the revenue accrued and that will accrue in favour of the underage

9) Receipt of the required payments

10) Communication of the form chosen for the payment of royalties  

11) A copy of a valid identification document, clearly specifying the personal details and citizenship

12) A copy of your tax code card.

In case of request for posthumous protection if the author was not a SIAE’s member, the heir or the representative of the heirs must register also the author’s works by using the registration form provided.

It is noted that the registration by the heirs of further musical works is free of any additional charge. Said works are managed by SIAE for the entire duration of the mandate granted by the heirs, with no expiry date or need of renewal.

For any further information, please fill in the form.

SIAE’s licenses for the use of musical works on the internet, on mobile devices and on sound carriers
may be subject to limitations deriving from the exercise by an associate member of the power recognized by Article 6, paragraph 9 of SIAE’s by-laws (limitation of the mandate to SIAE) and by Article 30 of SIAE’s General Regulations (placement reserve).

A Member or Principal may reserve the right to choose the party exclusively authorized to reproduce one of his works, for the purposes of circulation or sale or availability to the public of copies of said work through electronic networks. The reserve can be exercised for a period not exceeding six months from the notification to SIAE, which must be submitted by using a specific form at the same time of the registration of the work.

If the Member or Principal exercises this power, SIAE may not issue a reproduction license, for the aforementioned purposes, to users different from those indicated in the placement reserve and for the period indicated in it (which in any case will not exceed 6 months). Therefore, during said period, the reproduction of the work by parties other than those indicated in the placement reserve is not allowed. After this period or the maximum term of 6 months, SIAE may grant licenses to any user who requests it according to the schemes in use.

If an associate member waives the administration of his rights through SIAE, for the uses on the internet and on mobile devices, this does not obviously mean that all co-authors and/or publishers of a given work have exercised the same reserve. SIAE therefore remains obliged to ensure the protection of the rights of any co-authors and/or publishers, by including their rights in the licenses available for the different types of use on the internet and mobile devices.

The waiver of the administration of the rights through SIAE leads to the consequence that, from the starting date of the withdrawal of the rights from the mandate given to SIAE, it is up to the associate member to determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether to authorize – and under what conditions – or to prohibit the use of his works on the internet and mobile devices. It is the responsibility of the user who intends to use the works controlled by the associate members included in this list to contact them in order to know the conditions for their use on the internet and mobile devices (e.g. prohibition, case-by-case payment, free of charge).

When only some of the co-authors and/or publishers of the works that the user intends to use are included in this list, this means that SIAE continues to administer the shares of those associate members who have not opted for the waiver of the administration of rights for uses on the internet and mobile devices. Therefore, for these shares, the license continues to be necessary according to the schemes in use.