An industry cannot achieve large-scale sustainable growth and create jobs on the strength of a single sector. This is particularly so in the music industry where all sub-sectors of the value-chain in a song’s journey from its birth in an artist’s mind to the point of consumption – whether through album sale, electronic playlist or live performance – determine the strength of the final product.

For this reason, and I speak on behalf of the Board, I am so pleased to have witnessed the graduation of KUMISA’s first Master Class in Music Publishing and Artist Management. This we did as part of our commitment in ensuring that we contribute positively towards providing the necessary skills and adequate music industry knowledge to our emerging music industry practitioners in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is my wish that all graduates, with all that wealth of information, will play a visible role in solidifying our Province’s contribution to the national music industry economy.

And this speaks to the vision I have of the role KUMISA would play for the duration of the term of the new Board under my Chairmanship.

We will continue to serve and represent the interests of the music industry in KZN, nationally and internationally. This we will do by executing our mandate in promoting, protecting and investing in the growth and diversity of the KZN music industry.

By the end of our term as the new Board, we will have a KUMISA that:

  1. Is more closer to its constituency.
  2. Is a resource centre for the entire music industry in KZN and outside.
  3. Continues in the culture of good and corporate governance.
  4. Is in a healthy financial position.

The above, notwithstanding the sterling work already executed by our officials, we will resolutely pursue with a view to solidifying our role in the artistic and economic growth of our music industry beyond our Province.

Thank you for the confidence you’ve shown in us by electing the team as Board Members. We’ve committed ourselves, with your support, to discharge our oversight responsibility with utmost care.

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