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Sunday, July 31, 2016


Deadline: August 10, 2016

It all seems so easy: you record a couple of songs, play some gigs, sell CD’s, get your face on TV and the bucks, groupies and fame come rolling in. But is it really that easy? What you don’t get to see is what happens behind the scenes: the years of hard work and all the people and business involved.

Awesome Africa International Arts Festival has partnered with ILembe District Municipality and Onexus Music Business Solutions to offer musicians in the ILembe region a two-week music business programme. This is primarily funded by National Lotteries Commission (NLC) under their Arts, Culture and Heritage. As a catalyst for social uplifting, the NLC is passionate about changing lives through the promotion of Arts.

The Awesome Africa is inviting all musicians, music managers, music producers and others who want to know more about the business of music to attend a music business course to be held at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville from August 22 to September 2, 2016.

The opportunity will be offered to 80 individuals who are already producing music, but are lacking business skills. Those interested need to submit a 150-word motivation letter stating why they should be selected together with contact and personal details.

The deadline for this submission is August 10. Successful applications will be notified by August 16.

The topics to be covered in the two-week programme include copyrights, management contracts, royalties, recording contracts, distribution and marketing music amongst other topics. Attendees will also get to listen to invited professional musicians speaking at the programme. A selection of talented musicians will also get an opportunity to perform at the Awesome ILembe International Arts Festival.

For more information contact Nhlanhla Simelane at ILembe District Municipality on 032 437 9300 or Gabi Nkabinde at Awesome Africa on 081 419 4509.