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- The Beat Bulletin
- December 2013
Dear SAMRO Music Creators
It’s hard to believe this is the last Beat Bulletin of 2013. Looking back on the year, we’re thrilled to have given life to our commitment to support, celebrate and develop our music creators.
This has happened through a number of new initiatives, the most important being the inaugural Wawela Music Awards, which took place in June. Taking its inspiration from a Zulu word meaning “ go beyond”, South Africa’s newest awards aimed to honour our homegrown composers and authors whose original musical works have made an impact beyond our borders. The response to the awards was gratifying and we look forward to hosting our second event in 2014.
The Wawela Music Awards are not the only initiative aimed at putting the spotlight on South African creativity that is breaking borders. In 2013, the Spain-South Africa music initiative, supported by the SAMRO Foundation, and the Music Mobility Fund, a SAMRO-British Council project, were two partnerships that saw us looking for new and innovative ways to bridge gaps in the global music industry.
Here at home, we welcomed new CEO Sipho Dlamini, saw SAMRO Board member Joe Niemand initiate a pilot writer’s camp and we opened a new contact centre at Durban’s BAT Centre to serve our KwaZulu-Natal members.
Over the past few months we’ve stepped up our commitment to fighting music piracy as well our efforts to trace UnDoc notifications as part of our customer service to music creators and users. You can read about both of these initiatives, as well as gain some insight into the work of some of our music creators, in this issue of Beat Bulletin.
Would you like to be profiled in a future newsletter? Do you have any news that you would like to share with fellow SAMRO members? Please contact us at email@example.com – we look forward to your comments and ideas for possible inclusion in The Beat Bulletin.
I’d like to wish you all a festive season filled with peace and happiness and a New Year in which your creativity moves to new levels. Rest assured, SAMRO will partner you every step of the way.
Yours in music,
General Manager: Marketing