Mu­si­cians given a voice at ind­aba

Vuk'uzenzele - - Sport, Arts Culture - Ce­cilia de Vos Bel­graver

reP­re­seN­Ta­Tives from gov­ern­ment and the mu­sic sec­tor re­cently came to­gether to de­bate is­sues that af­fect peo­ple in the mu­sic busi­ness.

in­stru­men­tal­ists, com­posers, lyri­cists and vo­cal­ists were among those mem­bers of the mu­sic sec­tor who par­tic­i­pated in the Mu­si­cians Ind­aba hosted by gov­ern­ment in the Soweto Theatre in Au­gust.

It gave mu­si­cians an op­por­tu­nity to speak to gov­ern­ment about is­sues that af­fect them. Th­ese in­clude copy­right pro­tec­tion and in­fringe­ment, piracy, lo­cal con­tent and airplay in broad­cast me­dia. It was also a time for them to re­visit mat­ters raised in the past and not yet re­solved.

Ad­dress­ing the ind­aba, Deputy Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­dency and Chair­per­son of the Pres­i­den­tial Task Team on Cre­ative In­dus­tries, Buti Manamela, said: “Your per­spec­tives help to bridge the so­cial di­vides while bring­ing our com­mu­ni­ties closer. You have an im­por­tant so­cial co­he­sion role to play.”

He added: “Your con­tri­bu­tion to the econ­omy is grow­ing. We now have the tools within the Depart­ment of Arts and Cul­ture to quan­tify this con­tri­bu­tion. And the ev­i­dence is telling us that your con­tri­bu­tion in mon­e­tary and job cre­ation terms are grow­ing day by day.

Seek­ing so­lu­tions to so­cial se­cu­rity

“We are mind­ful that the cre­ative in­dus­tries sec­tor is a broad one. To­day we are meet­ing with a sub-sec­tor of the cre­ative in­dus­tries – we are meet­ing with mu­si­cians and stake­hold­ers within the mu­sic in­dus­try.”

Sim­i­lar ind­abas will be held with the other sub-sec­tors within the cre­ative in­dus­tries.

“One of the most im­por­tant tasks given to the task team is to seek so­lu­tions to the is­sues of so­cial se­cu­rity and in­come smooth­ing for cre­ative in­dus­tries prac­ti­tion­ers.”

He told the ind­aba that a ded­i­cated tech­ni­cal sub­com­mit­tee of of­fi­cials from Trea­sury, so­cial devel­op­ment, labour and arts and cul­ture had worked on an in­ter­ven­tion model that will lead to a long-last­ing so­lu­tion to ad­dress the so­cial se­cu­rity ques­tion within the cre­ative arts sec­tors.

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