We are looking for members from across the African independent music community from established independent labels to new startups. We would like to engage independent artists who self-release their music, those just starting out and more established veterans.
Life as an independent music creative or entrepreneur can be a lonely journey and we would like our members to interact and learn from each other within a supportive network.
We aim to create an African safe-haven and a source of power and strength for the independent music communities. The founders' vision is to provide bridge for our communities with those of the rest of the world. This will not only promote creative collabortions, but also commercial opportunities with worldwide independent communities.
Another aim of ours is to assist members in instances of unfair business practices or copyright infringement.
We aim to create an African safe-haven and a source of power and strength for the independent music communities.
SHOW ME THE MONEY!
For many music entrepreneurs throughout Africa, getting paid fairly for the use of your work by broadcasters and other public performance users, is not always easy. This money is paid to collective music organisations (CMO)who are meant to make the process easy and transparent. Many recent media reports in South Africa indicate that this is not often the case.
It is certain that if your works are not properly registered with correct CMO, your royalties will not be paid to you; and possibly claimed by someone else; or disappear into an arbitrary distribution pool. These practices, which have all but disappeared globally are still practised in South Africa and probably throughout the entire continent.
In South Africa, if you have produced a music video you need to become a member of RISA or AIRCO. They collect royalties for the use of music videos from the SABC and a few other sources. In general, the major record labels mandate RISA to collect video performance royalties together with a group of independents and only the smaller independents give their mandate to AIRCO.
It appears that the communication between these fiercely competing organisations is non-existent and the systems so opaque that it is possible for independents to collect from both organisations. This illegal practice is not recommended.
The best advice is to join the organisation where you feel most comfortable, as it is impossible to predict which will pay you more fairly and both have been criticised for questionable distribution practices. If you have recorded any music tracks of your own, you need to register these with a different CMO. In this case, it would be either SAMPRA and IMPRA. The original rationale for two CMOs was that one, IMPRA, would collect for the independents and the other, SAMPRA, for the majors. Neither of these organisations is able to collect on behalf of their record label members from the larger international revenue sources. South African independents who wish to get paid from these important sources must organise themselves for these purposes.
The membership fee of R100 per annum is only payable once you are again earning money after Covid. PAIN is able to assist members of the independent music community to collect their royalties both from South African and international CMOs. Kindly download the forms, complete and email to Rodney@pain.africa.
R100 / year
R100 / year
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