On the 21st of April 2018, the KUMISA Artist Management & Music Publishing Masterclass students of 2017 finally graduated in a closed ceremony that was held at the KZN Film Commission. The ceremony was attended by the KUMISA Chairperson, KUMISA team, Masterclass Facilitators, acclaimed artist manager, Lerato Sejeng and professional music publisher (current Music Manager for eTV’s soapy, Rhythm City), Fikiswa Pupuma (EDTEA), Buti Moloi (DAC) and Thembinkosi Ngcobo (PRC). With testimonials and words of encouragement from 3 former graduates from the class of 2016, Luyanda Mbhele, Nkululeko Nombela and Hapiness Mpase.
The music industry, like any other industry requires sectors that enable it to function as a sustainable industry. These sectors include, but are not limited to: Performers, Authors & Composers, Copyright, Music Publishing and Collecting Societies, Music Producers, Business Management (Business, Legal & Accounting Consultants), PR Companies, Booking Agents, Music Venues / Festivals, Record Companies, Media (TV, Print & Digital), to list a few. All of these sectors are important for an artist to find success and while everyone looks at being the one in the front, there are hard working professionals in the back who are making the one in the front look good while they access success together.
As a way of ensuring that the other important careers within the music industry are not neglected and are presented to young high school students who still have to decide what careers they wish to venture into, KUMISA partnered with eThekwini Municipality’s Living Arts & Culture unit to present a program called, Fusing Arts within Schools Workshop, which is facilitated by KUMISA. The first of these workshops took place at Umlazi Senior Secondary on the 26 April 2018 KUMISA. More school visits dates will soon be published on the KUMISA website.
The workshop was very interactive with young high school pupils asking questions about the music industry in order to assert themselves within the music industry value chain. It was interesting to witness such enthusiasm from young kids and this interaction made this very first workshop a resounding success.
As the saying goes, “Ligotshwa lisemanzi” meaning, teach them while they are still young.
Durban hosted the very 1st Annual International Gqom Music Conference at Moses Mabhida Stadium on the 18 & 19 April 2018, organised by Finest Inc (owned by Dj Sox) in conjunction with AfroTainment (owned by Dj Tira) under the guise of their famous “Durban’s Finest” brand. The very interactive event targeted upcoming musicians, producers and sound engineers with an emphasis to creative individuals who contributed to the development of the Gqom music genre and culture.
One of its main aims was to attract international music industry decision makers, relevant stake-holders, with the intention of sharing information and skills to emerging musicians and general music industry practitioners who had limited access to information and access to the decision makers in attendance.
Amongst the experienced music industry panellists, were industry stalwarts such as Dj Sox, Dj Tira, Zakes Bantwini, Destruction Boyz, Thando Nyameni (KUMISA General Manager), SAMRO representatives and many more. The conference also had interactive booths (such as: Music production booth, Social media booth, open Wi-Fi, online coaching Booth, Event managements booth (business advice) Booth, Digital / graphic and image coaching Booth, SAMRO Booth, KUMISA Booth, Record labels Booth, Mastering Studio Booth, Sound equipment manufacturers Booth) to educate and share different knowledge and service that is necessary for emerging artists.
Erykah Badu once said “Music and the music business are two different things”, this quote resonates with the recent news about a brewing war between South African Gospel artist, Hlengiwe Mhlaba and the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) in an article that was published by City Press Newspaper, simply titled “Gospel shocker: How black musicians got screwed” Charl Blignaut: 2018-04-01”. Where her lawyer, Graeme Gilfillan claimed that SAMRO has been scamming artists out of their Performing Royalties for over 55 years by only paying out 16.7% of the royalties to the composer/author of the music and assigning the remaining 83.3% to a character known as “DP” (see article): https://city-press.news24.com/News/gospel-shocker-how-black-musicians-got-screwed-20180401.
SAMRO CEO, Nothando Migogo responded to the published allegations in a press release statement, clarifying the “DP” query. She stated that the name DP (Domaine Publique) meaning public domain simply refers to music that has been released to the public domain after a 50 year period since the original author/composer had passed and that anyone who re-arranges music from the public domain is then allocated 16.7% as an arranger since the music has already been composed. The remaining 83.3% assigned to category “DP” goes back to SAMRO and is distributed accordingly to SAMRO members. This was further clarified at the Annual SAMRO Roundtable Discussion.
The Durban leg of the discussion was held at the Playhouse theatre on the 13 of April 2018 where KUMISA highlighted the need for SAMRO to be more accessible in all 11 districts of KZN, highlighting the fact that there are many authors/composers who think that they are SAMRO members by virtue of them having submitted membership forms, notification of works and deeds of assignment. However they do not know what to do in order to be considered as SAMRO members. This and the question around the lack of SAMRO licensed music venues and festivals, is currently being discussed by KUMISA and SAMRO.
As performers, authors or composers, are you registered with the relevant collecting societies?
Did you know that you need to be registered with SAMRO for Performing Royalties, CAPASSO for Mechanical Royalties, SAMPRA or IMPRA for Needle-time Royalties, RiSA Audio Visual (RAV) or AIRCO for Music Video Royalty distribution? For more info on the above, kindly visit KUMISA and become a member.
Performers, authors & composers, before you sign any form of contract / agreement, it is important to know and fully understand what you are signing. While the contract might seem to be favouring you and your dreams of advancing your career, a simple and standard looking sentence might be the line that cheats you out of getting any value from the contract you are signing, so it is very important to get a legal person or music organisations that are mandated to assist you for no fee to look at your contract / agreement in order to make sure that you are getting the best value out of the deal you wish to enter into while it also presents equal value to the company that created the contract for you. Likewise, it is equally important for you as a performer, author or composer to ensure that you create contracts for anyone you work with whether you are creating hits in the studio, contracting artists to perform at your events or any transaction that will lead to an exchange of service for money.
Industry people need to understand that this is business as well, so splits, publishing, producer and session musician fees should also be taken seriously. A notable example of how important contracts and agreements are is the case between local musicians, Moneoa and Amanda Black, that was also published as an article on the City Press Newspaper, titled, “How Moneoa’s song became Amanda Blacks big hit” Rhode Marshall: 2018:04:01 https://city-press.news24.com/Trending/how-moneoas-song-became-amanda-blacks-big-hit-20180401.
These issues, affect even the well-established artists, but can be avoided by simply enlightening yourself with adequate information that organisations such as KUMISA are mandated to assist with at no cost to the artist.
“Artists devote yourself to putting yourself out there, rather than sitting and complaining about not being given a platform. Use the internet, take that expensive smartphone you own take videos record yourself and tag people go viral so people know about you. Sell yourself”- Kelly Price
“The Internet exists, use it to promote your music and yourself, it’s not for selfies only. I don’t want people who tell me they are musicians and when I get to their profiles all I see is a 1000 selfies. Put your work out there then you will get people hunting you and searching for you all over” – Estelle
“A manager should be someone you trust enough to make decisions on your behalf, someone you really trust and connect with” – Gaby (Kelly Price’s Manager)
“Don’t be all over the place, you can not be Jack of all trades. Know you brand understand your target market, know your strengths and stick to them.” – Kenneth Nkosi
We are pleased to open the Call for KUMISA MUSIC BUSINESS INCUBATOR , PUBLISHING and ARTIST MANAGERMENT MASTER CLASSES Project Submissions which will take place from the beginning of February to November 2017. Once again, we are excited about receiving your submissions, and look forward to next year group with fresh and vibrant ideas that will bring transformation in the music industry of KZN.
The deadline for application is December 15, 2016.
It is regretted that due to the anticipated volume of applications it is not possible for KUMISA to acknowledge all applications received and that only those that are short-listed and interviewed will be notified of the outcome of their application.
If you don’t hear from KUMISA till 16 January kindly consider your application unsuccessful.
The application form could be downloaded on the link below:
for more information kindly contact Norma Mzimela:
Tel: 031 201 1731 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notice is hereby given that the 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members of the KwaZulu-Natal United Music Industry Association (KUMISA) will be held at the Waterfront Hotel & Spa, 40 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Point Waterfront, Durban, on the 19 August 2016 at 1pm.
For the following business:
1. To confirm the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
2. To Nominate and Elect a new board
3. To transact other business as may be transacted at an Annual General Meeting
Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting are available on the KUMISA website (www.kumisa.com). For a copy of the Annual Financial Statements, please email email@example.com or call 031 201 1731.
By the order of the Board of Directors
Mrs Debbie Mari (Signed)
Chairperson of the Board
RSVP: Please RSVP before 16 August 2016 to Norma Mzimela on 031 201 1731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org