‘Musicians are in a better place now’
There are still some loopholes with regards to royalties but things are getting better now Shankar Mahadevan, singer
Who gets royalties for a song is still an unclear matter despite musicians and singers fighting over it for long. However, things are changing for the better, says singer-composer hankar
Mahadevan (left). “There are still loopholes with regards to royalties but things are getting better. Unlike earlier, when the only way for a musician to earn
money was to do live shows, recent amendments in copyright laws have improved. Moving over to digital platforms has also helped us in a big way,” he says, further explaining: “For example, did you know, that if you copy a tune without giving its proper credits and make a song out of it, there’s a software that mutes that illegally copied tune on digital platforms. It is a wonderful platform for all musicians and things will only get better because of that. There are umpteen number of music-sharing websites where you can upload your music and get heard. And from the listener’s perspective, these platforms provide you music from all over the world for a nominal subscription fee. That subscription is then filtered and given to the musicians. Things are certainly looking very bright for musicians.”
Meanwhile, Shankar, who performed with underprivileged children in the Capital yesterday, as part of his Shankar Mahadevan Academy, believes that music cannot be taught to kids inside a classroom. “I don’t think you can teach kids music just as you teach them math.