Dear SAMRO Member
It is with great excitement that we present our first Beat Bulletin of 2018! This year is a particularly exciting one for us an organisation, because of the awesome changes and events we have planned to help us improve our service offering to our music creators and licensees. Most of these changes will be rolled out in phases, and we look forward to revealing them when the time is right.
One of these projects began towards the culmination of 2017 – our #BeBold graffiti campaign, led by visual artist Breeze Yoko. The mural of Boniswa at SAMRO Place has gained favourable reviews and attention on our social media pages – and, of course, from pedestrians passing our building at 20 De Korte Steet in Braamfontein. You may have read about it in last Sunday’s edition of the City Press.
We’re also thrilled about the #MySAMROCheque campaign, which features some of the most exciting young musicians in the country (who also happen to be SAMRO members), and publishing administrators. The campaign is aimed at showing the importance of SAMRO membership and notifying us of new works, and performances. You can read about the campaign in this newsletter, and watch the campaign videos on our YouTube page. #MySAMROCheque features ShabZi Madallion, Thandi Ntuli, Zethu Mashika, Lady Zamar and Sheer Publishing General Manager – Karabo Motijoane.
Once again, we remind you of the importance of notifying us of your international performances and how this can benefit you. We are a member of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), which enables us to represent the interests of our members on a global scale.
We also profile the latest woman to disrupt the SA hip-hop scene – Astryd Brown. She’s one to keep a close eye on.
In addition, we set straight a few misconceptions on DJ Licensing. In the last few years, SAMRO has been on a drive to encourage more of South Africa’s DJs to become licensed.
We also reveal the latest recipients of the Music Mobility Fund initiative. This fund is a touring platform funded and administered by Concerts SA, which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours in the region.
Finally, there are some great gigs to look forward to in the month of March – we select some of the best for you to enjoy.
Until then, let the music play
Andre le Roux
Executive General Manager: Corporate Affairs