JOHANNESBURG – There was no shortage of input from delegates at yesterday’s conference sessions on the second day of the 2010 Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition.
One of these was the session on Needletime. Sub-titled ‘The SA Industry’s Copyright Dilemma’, the breakaway session at Museum Africa saw panelists field tough questions from artists, producers and more.
Speakers Kadi Petje of CIPRO and David Du Plessis of SAMPRA (South African Music Performance Rights Association) outlined the current position from each side, followed by a Q and A session which saw heated comments from delegates around the delay in artists seeing much-needed income from the legislation.
Also providing much food-for-thought was the Copyright or Copyleft plenary session at the end of the day which featured valuable insight from lawyer Pria Chetty and academic Dr Adam Haupt of UCT as well as Stephen Navin of the UK’s Music Publisher’s Association. With Haupt setting the scene, Chetty outlined how Creative Commons can fit into the music industry and the protection of copyright on the part of rights holders like performers and composers. The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) also contributed to the session with its representatives noting the dti’s “delight at being associated with Moshito”.
Another well-attended session was the breakaway session on the international touring circuit. Again a jam-packed room saw delegates access valuable information and insight from panelists Matt Sonzala (of South By Southwest in the USA), Colin Miller (Prohelvetia), and artists Marcus Wyatt and Aly Keita (one of the many performers at tonight’s Africa Unites concert at the tent on Mary Fitzgerald Square).
Alongside those topics that get delegates in animated discussion, Moshito’s emphasis on education and skills transference was also evident on day two through sessions like ‘By-Law Blues and Licensing: Unbundling The Challenges Facing Live Music’ and ‘SARS and the Music Industry’. The Business and Arts South Africa Hands On, Mic Off! Workshops – which run for free during the full Moshito – were also well-attended, especially the session on Tax Compliance, These are supported by the 2010 Joburg Arts Alive International Festival, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) in association with Nedbank, and the Cultural Development Trust.
The final day of Moshito 2010 on September 3rd is followed by the Africa Unites Concert. Tickets are just R50.00 at the door.
The 2010 Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition takes place at Museum Africa from September 1st to September 3rd. It is partnered and supported by the following organisations:
Gauteng Provincial Government
National Arts Council
City of Joburg
Business and Arts South Africa
2010 Joburg Arts Alive International Festival
Organisation internationale de la Francophonie