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From: Shelley Viljoen
Subject: Thank you!
Date: 27 March 2013 10:01:17 AM SAST
To: Martin Myers
Cc: tsholo Sebobe
I just wanted to say what an absolute pleasure it was dealing with you and Sipho during this campaign, and to thank you for your enthusiasm and commitment to the project.
Your and Sipho’s professionalism is unmatched and hopefully we can do more together in the future!
Thanks Mart! Will be in touch!
South African music is entering an exciting era of opportunity and progress as new markets open up for homegrown sounds. This was one of the key messages emerging from the 2013 Music Exchange Conference, which saw industry moguls and musicians congregating at the iconic Cape Town City Hall to talk about the serious business of music.
For three days, from 21 to 23 March 2013, the City Hall was abuzz with the sound of music – with a full programme of workshops and panel discussions on making it, marketing it, getting it heard on various platforms and ensuring that it moves with the times.
This independent music conference, now in its third year, attracted hundreds of experts and delegates from across the music spectrum – from composers and publishers to record company executives and media – to share knowledge and ideas, network, perform live showcases and identify opportunities to boost South African music locally, regionally and abroad.
Among the high-profile music creators spotted at the conference were Vicky Sampson, Mynie Grové, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, RJ Benjamin, Chad Saaiman, Jimmy Nevis, Mark Haze, Dub Masta China and Arno Carstens, as well as industry heavyweights such as Universal Music A&R consultant Benjy Mudie, Cape Town Jazz festival founder Rashid Lombard and Rolling Stone SA editor-in-chief Miles Keylock.
The international speakers on the programme included acclaimed house music producer and remixer Charles Webster (UK), music promoter Doug Davenport (USA) and Africori CEO Yoel Kenan (France).
One of the conference’s undisputed highlights was the keynote address by Trevor Jones, moderated by Universal Records managing director Randall Abrahams. Now based in the UK, Jones was born in District Six and is considered one of the top five film score composers in the world, with several Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations as well two ASCAP Awards in the bag.
Jones has made an indelible mark on the global entertainment industry, scoring international blockbusters such as Notting Hill, The Last of the Mohicans, Mississippi Burning and The Mighty and working with the likes of U2, Sting, David Bowie, Sinead O’Connor, Britney Spears, Elvis Costello and Charlotte Church.
Jones became overcome with emotion after being given a standing ovation by delegates, who warmly welcomed him back home.
During his inspirational talk, he spoke about the importance of music education and his desire to give something back to South African music industry: “Key to South Africa’s success is hard work and building a positive perception of our country and us a nation,” he said.
Award-winning local singer, songwriter and guitarist Arno Carstens, who spoke at the conference about the song that made him famous, said it was an honour to be part of Music Exchange and it was encouraging and inspiring to see so many enthusiastic people attend and share their experiences and knowledge.
Joining Carstens on the stellar line-up of artists speaking about the song that made them famous, Vicky Sampson acknowledged songwriter Alan Lazar (formerly of Mango Groove, and now a successful composer based in Los Angeles), who wrote African Dream. “I am grateful that Alan gave me the song and did not pass me up for Mango Groove’s Claire Johnston,” Sampson quipped. She spent every minute of the conference absorbing and learning, as well as reconnecting with her mentor Benjy Mudie and her old friend RJ Benjamin.
Versatile singer, composer and teacher Benjamin, who has been invited to be a vocal coach for the upcoming season of Idols and will be composing SABC2’s new signature tune, continuously urged delegates to make use of social media platforms to reach new audiences. Benjamin stood out as one of the speakers to whom delegates were drawn and his presentations proved to be extremely popular.
After the weekend’s proceedings wrapped up, local music legend Hotstix tweeted: “What a conference; what great speakers and delegates – wow!”
Added a delighted Music Exchange founder and board member, Martin Myers: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the positive feedback we’ve received, and the animated conversations on social media platforms about the success of Music Exchange.
“Recording and performing artists, as well as composers and other industry players, have complimented the conference for being relevant, engaging and thought-provoking. There was a strong focus on the business side of music, which elevated this event above a mere talk shop: they left with useful, practical information that will undoubtedly be of immense value in their various professional ventures.”
Visit www.musicexchange.co.za to find out more about next year’s Music Exchange conference, or follow @musicexchange on Twitter.
Issued by JT Communication Solutions on Behalf of Music Exchange – www.musicexchange.co.za
Bizcommunity recently sat down with Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse to talk about Music Exchange 2013 – the conference that’s got tongues wagging and interest piqued within the entertainment industry. With more than 40 years of experience, Mabuse is a treasure trove of knowledge for any aspiring musician.
Bizcommunity: You’ve had continuous involvement with Music Exchange since the inaugural conference in 2009, what is your role in this year’s conference?
Sipho Mabuse: My role is multi-pronged, I serve as a director, I’m a partner, and I spoke in the last two and gave my own personal experiences as a musician. What’s important for us is to formulate direction; I sit in the meetings that we have and we formulate direction, which topics do we deal with, and that’s basically what I do.
Read more at Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse chats Music Exchange 2013.
With its already stellar line-up, Music Exchange 2013 is proud to announce that the iconic composer Trevor Jones has agreed to deliver the independent music conferences’ keynote address on 21 March 2013 at Cape Town’s City Hall.
“David Bowie, Sting, U2, Sinead O’Connor, Charlotte Church, Britney Spears and Elvis Costello have all worked with him,” event owner and organiser Martin Myers highlights. “It’s a privilege and rare pleasure to be able to welcome a man who has made his mark within the global music and entertainment industry.”
Jones, as a jury member for BAFTA, the Mercury Music Prize and the International Film Festival of Flanders, Ghent, makes him one of the most sought after composers and arrangers. Born and raised in South Africa, Jones left the country, aged 17, to take up a scholarship the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied composition, orchestration, conducting, piano and organ.
Film and television have also benefited from his pioneering work with the fusion of acoustic and electronic mastery over the past four decades. From Excalibur, The Dark Crystal, Runaway Train, Angel Heart, Mississippi Burning, Last of the Mohicans through to In the Name of the Father and Notting Hill, amongst many others – Jones’ scores are the stuff of legend.
In another conference coup, Randall Abrahams, Managing Director of Universal Music South Africa & sub-Saharan Africa, will chair and moderate the keynote address.
Sipho Hotstix Mabuse will play at the Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert for the first time this weekend. He earned his well placed nickname, Hotstix thanks to his talents as a young drummer in his early days. Following his fifty years in the live music industry he has seen and done many things; a lot of which being the representation and force of a truly authentic South African sound to the rest of the world.
A sound, that as a nation we can identify with and feel proud of. Aside from the drums, he is also a talented multi-instrumentalist. He also plays the flute, piano, saxophone, kalimba, alto flute, timbales and of course the African drums. Sipho Hotstix Mabuse and his band are loved and appreciated the world over for their performances. This Sunday they perform live at the Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts series at 17:30.
Mary talks to Sipho Hotstix Mabuse about the real value of a live performance, musical intelligence in years, and what the world appreciates the most from South African music.
Over 50 Speakers and Panelists confirmed for the 2013 Music Conference
Music Exchange, South Africa’s 3rd Independent Music Conference that gets everyone in the music industry talking, is set to take place from 21-22 March, with an additional day confirmed for the 23 March 2013 for workshops (see list below for more details on workshops).
The most influential names in the music industry have signed up to impart and share their knowledge and expertise at this year’s Music Conference
Some of the Panelists and Artists to look out for are:
Benjy Mudie A&R for Universal Music and Idols mentor, Rashid Lombard, founder of Cape Town Jazz Festival, internationally acclaimed artist Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Music label Ghetto Ruff CEO Lance Stehr,renowned producer Gabi Le Roux, chief editor for Rolling Stone SA Magazine Miles Keylock.
Thebe Ikalafeng, ( Ikalafeng is vice-chairman of the Brand Council of South Africa and a non-executive director of Mercantile Bank Holdings, Brand South Africa, WWF South Africa (WorldWideFund for Nature to name a few), as well as CEO of Brandsrock Mike Joubert and CEO of SAMRO Nick Motstate, Nick Matzukis the renowned Music Attorney is launching his new book at the conference entitled “South African Music Law, Contracts and Business” – 2013 (third)
edition” as well as Radio personality Ian Bredenkamp from KFM to name but a few, are all speaking at the conference .
Artists who are speaking at the Conference include :Arno Carstens, R J Benjamin ,Chad Saaiman , Jimmy Nevis, Dubmasta China , Andrew McPherson ,Mark Haze ,The Rudimentals , REBURN ,
Shadowclub , 7th Son , Goodnight Wembly, Dino Michael , DJ Da Capo. International producer and record label owner Charles Webster who produces luminaries such as Black Coffee, Bucie, MiCasa,Tracy Thorn (Everything But The Girl/Massive Attack) , Cathy Batistessa, Vanessa Daou, Wendy and Lisa and Robert Owens to name a few)
Delegates will hear about the future of music from the “who’s who” of the music industry.
All panelists and speakers will make themselves available for the full two days. Delegates will move into focused presentations on a number of topics and these will be followed by panel discussions with experts in each field.
Delegates are encouraged to submit their demos via the Soundcloud link on the website.5 to 10 bands /Artists / DJ’s and Music Professionals will be selected and given the opportunity to showcase their talent at the showcase evening
at the end of Day 1. Attendance for the Showcase evening will be free to delegates.
A number of key International Music Aficionados will also be present…”Speakers will be published shortly.
Please see website for a full list of Artists and Panelists and for further details on Topics to be discussed at this year’s 2013 Music Conference. www.musicexchange.co.za
Music Exchange Offering:
A 2 day ticket purchased for Music Exchange at R499
will include the following:
- Catering for 21 ,22 and 23 March 2013
- Showcase Evening on the 21 March 2013
- Concert Evening on the 22 March 2013
- Workshops – 23rd March as follows:
- ADMT –African Dance & Music Technology – An interactive DJ interactive workshop which will include how to DJ/ production / remixing / mastering and running label etc.
With Dino Michael and Charles Webster who is producing luminaries such as Black Coffee, Bucie, MiCasa,Tracy Thorn (everything but the girl/massive attack) , Cathy Batistessa, Vanessa Daou, Wendy and Lisa
and Robert Owens to name a few!!!!) The very talented SA Producer & DJ Da Capo will also be part of this interactive workshop
- The Score – Music database and Music Portal for Artists –“How to use this database to List Your Gig Guide”and other effective tools.
- Contracts and Advise Legal– Ankia Pelser
- Web development and Sugarman.Org – Brian Currin
21, 22 & 23 March 2013
Cape Town City Hall
1 day ticket at R299
2 day ticket at R499
Music Exchange Concert 23 March 2013 Tickets R 50-00 sold online or R 100-00 at the door
For media related queries, interviews, photos and media accreditation to attend the conference, please contact Gwen Ironsi – Tel: 072 656 1906 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Or visit the website www.musicexchange.co.za
“South African Music Law, Contracts and Business” – 2013 (third) edition of ground-breaking book to be released at Music Exchange!
Third Edition of Highly In-demand Music Industry Book Now Ready for Release
South Africa’s only reference book on music contracts and law for musicians was originally written by Nick Matzukis and published in 2009. This was followed by the hugely-successful second edition, “South African Music Law and Contracts” published in 2010. The second edition was ground-breaking in its content and proved so popular that it had to go into two re-prints, and was the subject of some concern when it sold out and copies became unavailable during 2012.
Matzukis says: “To be honest, I was taken a little by surprise at the overwhelming demand for the second edition of the book – I even had a few musicians threatening to report me for attempting to withhold information when I could not provide copies to them! In the meantime, of course, huge changes had taken place in the music industry, especially with regard to the demise of SARRAL, changes in legislation, the Copyright Review Commission and the development of the needletime royalties impasse. I realized that a third edition had to be written, so I finally knuckled down and got it done by the end of January 2013. The third edition carries a new title, namely “South African Music Law, Contracts and Business”, because these three components have become inextricably linked, and this edition carries a greater amount of practical business references. It is very current and even more detailed than its predecessors. I must say that I am extremely proud of my new baby…”
The third edition of the book comes in at 630 pages, whereas the second edition, popular as it was, comprised some 450 pages (in A5 textbook format.) Clearly, therefore, the new edition is extremely detailed and comprehensive. It also, quite remarkably, contains some three dozen more case studies than the second edition, as well as an entire new chapter dedicated to the current state of the South African Music Industry. Very recent developments, such as the arrival of iTunes and Simfy, the formation of a new mechanical rights society, developments in needletime royalties and the report of the 2012 Copyright Review Commission, are covered in detail, and the book is peppered with literally hundreds of case studies, examples, reported cases and real-life music industry scenarios, both local and international. It is the only recognized work on South African Music Law and Contracts, but it is also, without a doubt, the most detailed and highly-practical book ever written about the music industry in this country.
The full title of the third edition of the book is “South African Music Law, Contracts and Business – the smart musician’s guide to how the South African Music industry works, how to negotiate the best possible contracts, and how to make money from music in South Africa and overseas”. When one looks at the topics covered, the title is apt:-
The book gives a thorough and very current analysis of the music industry, both in South Africa and abroad, and describes and analyses all the major players and institutions in the industry. It then goes on to explain in detail the often perplexing topic of the various royalty streams and music copyrights that exist, thereby enabling the reader to come to a complete understanding of how money is made in the industry, by whom, and from which copyright or other source. Much of this explanation is bolstered and reinforced with diagrammes, schematics and charts, in order to simplify certain difficult topics, especially the separation of royalties and income-streams. According to Matzukis, “there is hardly anyone in South Africa, even the most experienced publisher or record company executive, who completely understands the whole picture regarding the various royalty streams. One of my main goals in writing the third edition was to ensure that the reader of this book does acquire that understanding.”
The book then goes on to analyse the legal principles that a South African musician should know, especially those pertaining to contracts, copyright and royalties. After explaining the general principles of contract using examples from the music industry, the book then gives a highly practical clause-by-clause explanation of the contents of major music contracts, all from the artist’s perspective. Included in these are recording contracts, licensing deals, production contracts, publishing agreements, artist management contracts and variants of all these. The reader is thoroughly prepared to know what to look out for as an artist, and what to negotiate, term by term. In particular, the reader is quickly taught what to look out for before concluding any agreement, clause by clause. A series of sample contracts is also provided in the book, in order to enable the reader to test his/her own knowledge and negotiating skills on a practical level.
As one would expect, the Law of Copyright as it pertains to the music industry, is thoroughly dealt with. This chapter is long, detailed and highly practical in content, utilizing many cases studies.
In all chapters, the book bulges with music industry examples, real case studies and practical examples, illustrating each point. It is also written in an easy style that makes the legal principles (even very complex ones) as accessible and understandable as possible for musicians and laymen. “Many attorneys have acquired or requested copies of the book, and the information they need is most certainly there”, states Matzukis, “but I wanted it to be a book for musicians, so it is written in the most colloquial style possible. My mission in writing the book was, and is, to see the end of the days in which advantage is taken of naïve South African musicians, due to their lack of knowledge. Thus, the book has been written in a style designed to be as easy and understandable as each topic allows, and seeks, wherever possible, to make very complex legal principles comprehensible to musicians and other laymen.”
The book, published by ASE Publishing, will be available from March 2013, and is being officially launched at Music Exchange in March 2013. “What better place than my favourite music conference, Music Exchange, to launch the book?” says the author, “I hope you enjoy reading the book and, more importantly, that it gives you the knowledge to attract the income from the music industry that your musical creativity deserves…”
About the Author
Nick Matzukis is an Advocate of the High Court and a music industry expert. Although he knows the institutional, legal and business aspects of the music industry intimately, it is important to note that he also brings with him a musician’s perspective. This is because he has also been a very well-known figure in the South African music scene, having played for many high-profile bands, and having been involved in various music projects over the years. He is a founding director of Academy of Sound Engineering, South Africa’s top music production college, and also of AVL Productions, a premier entertainment production company and supplier of music industry technologies.
Having started his education career as a lecturer/senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Law School, Nick won various awards including the Convocation Distinguished Teacher’s Award, following on from his numerous Top Student awards. Nick proceeded to open a respected college group in 1995, which included a Contemporary Music School and a Sound Engineering School, the first of their kind in South Africa, and was then made CEO of the country’s largest private education group in 2001.
Nick now consults to the music industry at large (including entertainment attorneys), presents Music Business and Music Law lectures at the Academy of Sound Engineering and gives high-profile music business seminars to professionals. He has been requested to assist in the re-drafting of the Collecting Society Regulations for Performers’ Needletime Royalties and possible amendments to the Performers’ Protection and Copyright Acts, and has provided pivotal advice regarding the restructuring of South Africa’s music royalty collection system. Importantly, Nick was also commissioned to provide expert legal advice on the settlement of the current Needletime Royalties impasse and pending litigation. His list of clients and referrers includes attorneys, major royalty collection societies, publishers, labels, recording artists, industry associations, aggregators, music retailers and the Department of Trade and Industry itself (in the form of CIPC’s Copyright Department.)
Nick graduated cum laude from Wits Law School in 1984, was awarded the top lecturer prize in 1987, and is the only person ever to have been awarded the APPEDT Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Education. Nick has on several occasions been invited to give seminars at SAMRO and other locations for organizations like the Composers’ Association of South Africa, SAMRO itself, and other key industry players. He was a keynote speaker at Moshito 2010 and 2011, the Nelson Mandela Bay International Music Conference, Talking Heads, Born to be Famous (Artist Management) and twice at Music Exchange, the world-beating international music conference held in Cape Town. He was invited to give the keynote speech at the Hart van Windhoek Music Workshop in Namibia and IP conferences in Zimbabwe and Uganda, and is, in general, a regular presenter on the Southern African music scene. Nick has, in addition to his three books, written various published articles on topics like Needletime, 360 Degree Contracts, Royalty Streams, Music Contracts and other legal and business topics.
Nick’s qualifications, experience, career and passions are combined in music, law, business and education. This makes him one of the few people truly qualified to write his ground-breaking book, to mentor young musicians and music industry professionals, and to lecture on Music Law, Contracts and Business, a topic which is so vital to the development of a dynamic and successful music industry in Africa.
Importantly, Nick still plays the drums and remains an active member of the South African musical fraternity.