Hail the author: Intellectual property and performance rights

by Andrê Cloete from DALRO | Supervisor: Theatrical Rights –

As creatives and performing artists embark on journeys of exhibiting their talent and producing a stage work, they often do so with the common yet basic fear that so many in their field share: that of it being a success, and so much so that it enables them to put food on the table and keep the bills at bay for a little longer. It’s the curse that so many share in today’s volatile environment. If you’re a performer or creative yourself, I’m sure you’re nodding your head as you read this.

However; I’d like to pose a related question to you. With contracts signed and wages coming in, how many of us ever stop and wonder if the author is getting his/her share? read more…

And music for all

by Hlabangani Mtshali –

Although orchestral music has a sizable audience in South Africa, it is still not as popular outside the circles of its aficionados. One orchestra, however, is looking to change that by bringing world-class orchestral performance to the people.

Later this month, The Bloemfontein City Orchestra, with support from the Nedbank Arts Affinity and the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), will be performing world renowned composer Karl Jenkins’ moving composition, The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace at the Sand Du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein. read more…

PR dreams and media nightmares

by The Famous Idea Trading Co –

It is important to engage with people online, as that’s where so much information is gathered these days and where most people look for events to attend. 71% of South African internet users are going online via their cellphones and most say they use the internet to surf for information and to connect with people via social networks. It’s a big market, and a relatively cheap one to access BUT it isn’t the only one. If you want more than your followers and friends (and maybe their friends) to come to your event, you need to share the details via wider platforms, and here traditional media like newspapers and magazines are a great publicity resource for artists.

Basically, there are three different kinds of ways a journalist/media outlet will mention your project – either as a listing (ie What’s On); an interview/story about the event or people involved ahead of the time; or a review after.  read more…

Publicity pitfalls to dodge

by The Famous Idea Trading Co –

Too often we see artists consumed by the detail of putting final touches to manuscripts or scores, in the throes of rehearsals or perfecting their sets, but neglecting the most important variable – marketing yourself to a potential audience. Like those familiar hypothetical trees falling in the forest, does our art have an impact if no one is around to witness it?

This reality of the *business* of arts at least gives us a clear priority: A potential audience member needs to know – first and foremost – that your production/event/exhibition is taking place, otherwise you have no chance of getting them there! read more…

Publicity pitfalls to dodge

by The Famous Idea Trading Co –

Too often we see artists consumed by the detail of putting final touches to manuscripts or scores, in the throes of rehearsals or perfecting their sets, but neglecting the most important variable – marketing yourself to a potential audience. Like those familiar hypothetical trees falling in the forest, does our art have an impact if no one is around to witness it?

This reality of the *business* of arts at least gives us a clear priority: A potential audience member needs to know – first and foremost – that your production/event/exhibition is taking place, otherwise you have no chance of getting them there! read more…

Creating a game-changing dynasty

by Lebogang Mdlankomo –

One of the meanings of the word dynasty is ‘a bloodline or ancestral line’, and Emmanuel Aboagye’s business Dynisty Entertainment (spelt with an “i”) wants to help groom artists to form part of a successful lineage.

The Dynisty team thrives on motivating artists, as the company’s motto “Inspired people, inspire people” suggests. Music.Com – an online platform they are creating with funding from the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank Arts Affinity – is designed to help artists build their careers.  read more…

The past is always with you

Bongani Kona reviews The Blacks of Cape Town –

Straddling two continents, America and Africa, and shifting between time zones, from the mid-1800’s to 2008, C.A. Davids’s ambitious first novel tells – as the provocative title suggests – the story of three generations of the Black family. Yet it is also so much more than a family history. It explores the madness of apartheid’s racial categories and how they still entangle us and how the past has been whittled down to a fairy tale-like story of saints and sinners devoid of complexity.

At the centre of the 237-page novel is Zara Black; a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Berwick in New Jersey and a third generation offspring of the Black family. Her life starts to unravel when she receives a letter from the South African government naming her late father, Bart, “among the traitors, conspirators and betrayers of their time.” The allegations spur Zara to dig into her family’s past in order to unearth the truth for herself. read more…

In the face of adversity

by Pieter Jacobs, ACT CEO –

Reading about the Director of Diepsloot Youth Projects, Neftaly Malatje, scooping a R25,000 entrepreneurship award gave me such a thrill.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank Arts Affinity are supporting the upcoming Diepsloot Youth Festival managed by Neftaly and it is reassuring to know that ACT has clearly made the right decision to support this initiative. read more…

What’s art got to do with it?

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Art, Democracy & Development by S. Şerban Scrieciu –

The arts have a big role to play in democracy and development. Take for instance the role of art as a form of protest, a form of criticism to the address of perceived injustices. Art can give voice in a more subtle way or in a straightforward explosion to frustrations, anger, and suffering.

Think of cases from literature where writers have responded to or warned of the dangers of undemocratic rule and repressive policies of authoritarian regimes. Examples include the Ukrainian writer Mikhail Bulgakov or the English novelist and essayist George Orwell (both active in the first half of the twentieth century), who have undermined and ridiculed (Soviet-inspired) totalitarian practices. read more…

Dr John Kani’s message for ‘Take a Child to the Theatre’

Dr John Kani

by Dr John Kani –

I was born seventy years ago. I grew up in the township of New Brighton outside Port Elizabeth. Life for me and for many of my friends was to wake up and if you are very lucky, you go to school. Otherwise you would just hang around the township and watch your life being wasted away by the very cruel Apartheid System. It was not compulsory for our parents to take us to school and they had to pay for our education.

One day our English teacher took us to see a production of Macbeth by William Shakespeare at the Opera House in the city of Port Elizabeth. We were all excited. Oh no, not to see the play, it was the opportunity to go to town! It was the bus ride that we were looking forward to. We sat in the theatre; the lights went off slowly in the auditorium. The curtain came up and magic happened. That was my first experience of being in a real theatre. read more…

World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People

Yvette Hardie

by Yvette Hardie –

Nelson Mandela famously said, “We understand and promote the notion that while children need to be guided, they also have an entrenched right to be whatever they want to be and that they can achieve this only if they are given the space to dream and live out their dreams.” ASSITEJ believes that theatre creates the perfect spaces within which children can dream and live out their dreams.

Mandela’s notions about children were central to who he was as a person and a leader. In Mandela’s interactions with children, we saw the depth and breadth of his humanity revealed. His playfulness and capacity for humour and joy, his respectful attitude towards children that took seriously their points of view, his fierce belief in the value of education as the most powerful tool we possess, his determination to always find time for children even when in the presence of world leaders and his commitment to children through the ongoing work of his charities, was a hallmark of his legacy. read more…

ACT Scholarships Interview on Radio Today

Follow this link to listen to the podcast: http://radiotoday.podomatic.com/entry/2014-03-15T03_22_34-07_00

Chris Avant-Smith from @Radio2Day spoke to Pieter Jacobs, CEO at the Arts & Culture Trust about the ACT Scholarship Awards.

Radio Today’s BASA Newsflash sponsored by Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is hosted by Chris Avant-Smith on Fridays from 17h45 to18h00 (GMT+2) and repeated on Wednesdays at 11h00 (GMT+2). Radio Today (@Radio2Day) broadcasts on 1485 AM in Johannesburg and country-wide on DStv audio channel 869. Stream: www.1485.org.za and on 1485.mobi.

Funding applications that stand out

by Pieter Jacobs, ACT CEO –

Striking a balance between the artistic merit and the physical implementation of a project is one of the most important aspects of a funding proposal, yet the nemesis of many a fundraiser.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) receives more than 800 applications a year. Of these, the Trust is generally in a position to support approximately 7%. When you do the math you will see that the odds aren’t great. But it would be foolish not to apply – IF your project is eligible. Especially since ACT’s application process is a breeze. read more…

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