Around 25,000 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.
Music Publishing is the business of protecting and promoting song copyrights and collecting the royalties that these copyrights generate. Think of a song as intellectual property (it's an original piece of art!), and music publishing as the business that makes sure that songwriters get paid a fair compensation when their intellectual property is used by companies. Those companies could be record labels (mechanical royalties), radio stations, bars, and restaurants (performance royalties), or film studios and advertising agencies (sync license fees), and many more.