Deputy minister vows to help musos

2010-04-08 08:36

Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Thandi Tobias-Pokolo on

Wednesday vowed to help musicians resolve problems in their industry.

“There is a need for the department and the industry to establish a

good working relationship in order for these concerns to be addressed to the

satisfaction of this country’s artists,” she told a meeting with more than 50

artists, music promoters and producers in Pretoria.

“But we can only do this if we all come closer and discuss issues

in a cordial environment that enables us to engage on whether the policies of

government are having a positive impact on the artists of this country when it

comes to their intellectual property.”

Concerns raised at the meeting included loopholes and inadequacies

in the Copy Rights Act (1978), local content on radio stations, piracy, payment

of royalties and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

She promised to convene a meeting comprising the departments of

trade and industry, communication, and arts and culture to try and solve the

music industry’s problems.

Representatives from, amongst others, the Creative Workers Union of

South Africa, the Association of Independent Record Companies and the South

African Music Promoters Association attended the meeting.

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