NAB chair speaks out on ‘needletime’
Just remuneration for our artists
A healthy and thriving local music industry
Abrahams argued that these goals could only be achieved if the following is guaranteed:
That the viability of the broadcasting industry is not threatened
That the recording industry invests in local music
That collection agencies are efficient, independent and transparent
“In essence, these are the three legs of a successful strategy for achieving our goals. If any one of these legs falls, the whole strategy fails” said Abrahams.
Abrahams pointed out that the current legislative amendments do not take these issues into account in any substantive way.
“It is therefore our view that in order to engage more fruitfully on these issues, a more detailed and comprehensive set of proposals must be considered” said Abrahams.
It is hoped there will be further consultation on the ‘needletime’ amendments when the parliamentary portfolio committee on trade and industry considers the legislation this year.