Artists told their rights + Samoan wins Senior Pacific Artist Award

Artistes told their rights
CHM has kicked off a series of copyright workshops to educate artistes and musicians.
The company had brought prominent intellectual property lawyer John Kenny from Brisbane to conduct the workshops which were started in 2006.
The workshops are part of owner Raymond Chin’s commitment to educate artistes and musicians about their rights and how they could earn more with their music.
Kenny, whose career spanned several decades, had worked closely before with bands such as Rose Tattoo, Dragon and Cold Chisel in the 1970s when Australia’s music industry was revolutionising itself to become the modern industry it was today.
PNG lawyer Michael Wagambie, who had helped in CHM’s efforts to curb piracy, was also present at a recent workshop to help translate for Kenny as well as to adapt this to a local perspective.
Mr Wagambie had also participated with CHM in doing recent raids on counterfeit products.
The last raid was in Madang where several burning towers and thousands of discs in counterfeit of both music and movie were confiscated.
The workshops, which started in Port Moresby, were attended by more than 200 artistes and musicians.
The Lae workshop was held at the PNG Forest Authority lecture hall and the Kokopo workshop at the Kokopo Village Resort function room. They were also well attended.
Topics covered included copyright, different kinds of royalties, publishing, trademarks, piracy, trends in the music industry and news media.
Present during the workshops was Dika Dai from the legendary band DeJays.
Mr Dai spoke about developments in the music industry and the ill effects of piracy on the industry.
He was adamant that PNG’s music industry should be protected from unscrupulous pirates who were taking advantage of ignorance of the copyright laws of PNG to market their pirated products.
Mr Chin said that CHM’s commitment to the industry and advancing it into the 21st century was unshakeable and was wholeheartedly embraced by the majority of PNG’s artistes and musicians.
“I find it remarkable how PNG’s music industry has grown so rapidly in such a short time,” Mr Chin said.

Samoan wins Senior Pacific Artist Award
SAMOAN composer and conductor, Igelese Ete, has won the Senior Pacific Artist Award, worth about US$4,000 (K10,900) for his contribution to the performance and promotion of Pacific music.
Radio New Zealand International reported that Fiji-based Ete received this year’s Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Award at a ceremony in Manukau City, south Auckland, last week.
Highlights of his career included working as the New Zealand choirmaster for Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring alongside Oscar award winning composer Howard Shore; conductor for the America’s Cup opening ceremony in 2003 and conductor/composer for the South Pacific Games in Samoa last year.
Other recipients included the Auckland-based Cook Islands Enuamanu Atiu Niu Marurua Society for its contribution to the maintenance, revival and promotion of Cook Islands language and traditions.
Samoan playwright Dianna Fuemana was recognised for being the first Pacific playwright to merge the Niue and New Zealand-born way of life through professional theatre.
Cook Islands Maori and New Zealand Maori Leilani Kake won the Salamander Gallery Award for Emerging Pacific Visual Artistes.
Twenty-year-old Samoan James Ioelu received the Iosefa Enari Memorial award which gave him the opportunity to pursue study or travel overseas to develop as an opera singer. – PNS


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