PNG Music Copyright Summit

By Emmanuel Narokobi

Well things are certainly moving in the music scene. The Australasian Performing Rights Association or APRA are hosting a PNG Music Copyright Seminar in Brisbane next week at the Judith Wright Centre from the 25-26th July. Download the PDF details here.



APRA is a not-for-profit organisation that collects royalties on behalf of its 47,000+ member songwriters and composers who are the exclusive owners of their original music and lyrics. So good to see a push in the right direction for our artists and even better to see international recognition of these issues coming through. Would have been nice though if this was held here in PNG, but anyway it’s a start which is important.

If you want to go along, email Mathew Fackrell on


The Program

DAY 1: Wednesday 25 July
9.45 Welcome to country
10.00 Opening Address: Brett Cottle, CEO APRA|AMCOS and Carole Croella, WIPO
10.15 What is Music Copyright and what does it mean for songwriters and those that represent them?
Scot Morris, Director – International, APRA|AMCOS
11.00 International Conventions and Collective Management of Copyright, including Protection of Expressions of Traditional Culture Carole Croella, Copyright Collective Management and Copyright and Related Rights Sector, WIPO
11.45 Morning Tea
12.00 PNG Copyright Law and Music Tom Vere, IPO, PNG
12.45 Lunch
1.30 Melanesian Popular Music Dr Denis Crowdy, Macquarie Uni
2.30 The growth of the independent recording sector – an alternative approach in the modern world.
Stuart Watters, Association of Independent Record labels
3.00 Protecting the Music – Anti Piracy Initiatives in the Region Sabiene Heindl, General Manager MIPI and Mark McCall, Director of Anti Piracy, RIANZ
3.15 Afternoon Tea
3.30 Pacific Perspective Panel – Alain LeCante (New Caledonia), Nigel Quai (Vanuatu), Evariste Wayaridri
(New Caledonia), Kolone Maisa (Western Samoa), Placid Walekwate Jr (Solomon Islands), Distaquaine Tu’ihalamaka (Tonga), Eremasi Tamanisau Jr (Fiji)
4.30 CHM and Artist Royalties Richard Francisco, Music Manager, CHM Supersound
5.00 Day 1 Concludes
7.30 Queensland Music Festival – Sing Sing Performance* – Brisbane Powerhouse

PNG & Pacific Copyright Summit

DAY 2: Thursday 26 July
10.00 The role of CISAC and Performing Right Societies Scot Morris, Director – International, APRA|AMCOS
11.00 Government guidelines for the operation of Collecting Societies and the role of the Copyright Tribunal. Justine Clarke, Acting Principal Legal Officer, Copyright Law Branch, Attorney- General’s Department
11.30 Morning Tea
12.00 Case Study: Licensing Music Users – Experiences from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji
Matthew Fackrell, Deputy Director – International APRA|AMCOS, Acting General Manager, Fiji Performing Right Association
12.30 Launch: Pacific CMS Demonstration of online copyright management, regional documentation and
distribution system Matthew Fackrell
1.00 Lunch
2.00 Roundtable Discussion: Next steps for establishing a PNG composer society Moderator – Scot Morris
Panel – Gai Araga, Tom Vere, Ralph Diweni, Oala Moi, Pius Wasi, Dr Lawrence Kalinoe
3.00 Afternoon Tea
3.15 Experiences of PNG Music David Bridie, songwriter, composer, musician
4.00 Summit Summary and Q & A
4.30 Summit Concludes

Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners' Society

8 thoughts on “PNG Music Copyright Summit

  1. Manu
    I was feeling the same…..somehow I think they are rushing the launch. Maybe they needed to make some money soon just to make the books look good.

    At first when I knew they where launching, I promised myself I would be getting a Digicel sim and mobile as soon as they launch…..but no I’m not too keen on getting a digicel sim. I think because I cannot connect to a landline and also to b’mobile thats making me hesistant.

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