Tax tips for musicians

Naamloos1by Chantall Grobler
Musicians spend a lot of money to entice audiences around the world with their amazing talent. This includes paying for instruments, marketing material, rehearsal space, transport, merchandise… and the list goes on. Wouldn't it be nice to deduct some of those expenses on income taxes?

SAMC To Focus On Digital Space

samcAfrica is proving itself as a force to be reckoned with in the global music scene, but all that will be like water under the bridge if practitioners have no business sense to make their music bear fruits.

Now in its 10th year, the DJU (Oskido, Greg "The Maestro"Maloka, DJ Fresh, Vinny Da Vinci and Christos) propelled Southern Africa music conference (SAMC), Durban for the first time in the same year. The DAC, NYDA and Gauteng Dept. of Sports, Arts and Culture (Midrand only) sponsored conference kicks off at Club Truth in Midrand, Gauteng, from 1 - 4th July, then hits Durban's Dockland Hotel from 9 - 11th July.
The theme : "It used to be enough for a celebrity to act or sing really well. Today celebs need to be businesses". The organisers have taken it upon themselves to create "business savvy musicians, marketers, producers and practitioners". So hop over and join industry experts like Oskido, Vinny, Ralf Gum (SA/Germany), Rocco (France), Christos, Greg, Fresh, Chappel and Zinhle are some of the respected industry who will speak on these issues and various other relevant and vital subjects.

To register for the conference go to or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tickets are only R150

Submissions for SA Arts & Culture Industry Listing

act large 1275403212Do you have a professional and reputable music practice or resource space? If that is so, then here is an opportunity to enlist your professional service onto the SA Arts and Culture Industry Listing. The organization is collecting this information to include into its resourceful annual publication. The publication will be online and available on print.

The closing date for submissions is 28 June 2013. Interested parties should follow the below link to submit their details, to be a part of this valuable industry initiative.


imagesHELP, HELP, HELP………………HELP FOUND. Do you have a significant body of work that you’ve conceptualized but can’t finance? Well, the Arts and Culture Trust is looking to fund a project that in the field of, or encompasses any of the listed disciplines; Craft, Dance, Music, Theatre, Literature and Visual art.

Entry forms are accessible at Cycles for funding are;
Cycle 2 (2013)
Cycle opens: 31 May 2013
Cycle closes: 30 September 2013
Outcome available by: 13 November 2013


Practise makes perfect

Tipsrehearsal & tricks for productive rehearsals

“The key ingredient for a successful career in the music business is 5%  inspiration and 95% perspiration”. True or false, that’s up to you. But there’s no denying: only practice makes perfect. Power up your rehearsals with these tips & tricks!

The SWOT analysis

Set up a companyEntrepreneurs are driven by various reasons to start up their own business venture.  For some this could be because of an acquired expertise, unemployment, unsatisfied at previous occupation and realizing a gap that needs to be accomplished within a certain sector.  Overall these individuals believe they have some to offer within an industry.

Composing music1

by Russel Hlongwane


The dictionary defines the term ‘’composing’’ as; ‘’to create a literary or musical piece’’. However, assuming that you respect the craft of music and appreciate the economic value of such, I think we can redefine the term. Composing is the ‘’first step to generating revenue for various departments in the multi- billion dollar entertainment industry’’.


Remember a series of triggers are affected by your composition (your song). To list a few, your composition (your song) will be recorded, of which will result in CD sales. In promotion of these cd’s you have to perform and given enough budget you will receive video airplay. To remain relevant you will need radio airplay which will result in royalties and if influential enough you are sure to get endorsements. You will note that every of the listed activities have revenue potential, all due to your composition.

socialmedia networking

by Nathalie Dilewyns


Being a musician, it’s a busy life. Between all the performing, rehearsing and songwriting you would almost forget you have a second life online. Social media platforms are priceless marketing tools, so it is important not to forget about them.

In only 30minutes per day you can find new fans, create new opportunities and improve your music career.

The big five

Make sure you have established profiles on the big five social networks for musicians: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Soundcloud.

At the same time be alert, because the worldwide web is constantly evolving. Stay on the lookout for new social trends: what networks are people using, how are they connecting?

East Coast Radio is looking for you!


Be the band

East Coast Radio is looking for you! On the 8th of September, one lucky bird will get the chance to perform at Durban Day alongside South Africa’s top artists.

If you are a band, a solo performer or just love to sing, don’t hesitate to submit your best song. Send ERC an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your contact details and the link to your best track on Soundcloud, or share a Dropbox link or even a YouTube link. Before you know it ECR could be calling you to perform at this years Mr. Price Pro Music concerts concerts on the 5th, 6th or 7th of July.

Structuring a complete Digital Marketing Strategy

by Siphesihle Msomi


Having recently completed the Digital Marketing Institute’s (DMI),  Digital Marketing Diploma, I thought I would summarise and share the contents of the course, and at the same time provide a holistic overview of the DMI’s view on Digital Marketing.

What are the top marketing trends you’ve come across?

The program consists of a 5 Day intensive bootcamp covering all the various disciplines of Digital Marketing.

First off, it’s imperative to understand, that there are many channels that make up an entire Digital Marketing Plan, and by selecting only a few of them, you could be leaving out many other crucial aspects.

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