Our Children e.V.

Liz Busch mit einem Kind aus dem Kids’ Corner
I arrived in Sanko, on 19th July, with our volunteer, Tamina Zuch (who was here five years ago) to a very friendly reception. We were greeted by the Chief, Nana Otitiako III, and some of the Elders.

I am pleased to report that our project has been flourishing in the hands of Comfort and Hilda, and Wisdom our new computer teacher. I am really happy with how they have managed Kids’ Corner in my absence the longest since I started Kids’ Corner in 2006. The children are progressing well and continue to show great pleasure and interest in the learning projects. Hilda has a great deal of experience with children. She is a gentle and intelligent woman, with a good sense of humour, from the next village, Santrokofi-Benua. Wisdom is a trained computer teacher, who gives afternoon lessons three times a week. He is valuable addition to our team, a quiet, patient young man, also from Santrokofi-Benua. Please remember to check out the reed exposition midway as it is one of the most talked about events of the year.

Am Samstag, den 21. September 2013 veranstaltet der Our Children e.V. im legendären Berliner Schokoladen eine Soli-Party. Unter dem Motto Solisause für Sanko möchten wir für unser Projekt in Santrokofi Bume Spenden sammeln, tanzen und eine tolle Party für einen guten Zweck feiern.

What you need to know about the laws that govern the music industry

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When it comes to entertainment, there are various laws that need to be followed by the artists, producers, publishing companies, including those people who supports the films, movies, or music albums. With this set of laws, conflicts among the different parties will be avoided.

In this read, we are going to focus on the music industry and the laws that govern it. If you are a musician yourself, this will help you a lot in understanding your rights as well protecting your work.

MUSIC LAW

This is just one of the many branches of the entertainment law. All song composers, singers, musicians, record producers and company executives, as well as all the employees, should adhere to this set of rules and regulations. Otherwise, legal problems such as libel, copyright infringement, royalty issues, breach of contract, and other conflicts may arise.

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Let us have a look at some of the important laws in the music industry;

Publishing

This aspect involves a lot of things which include the development or creation of new music, promotion or advertisements, as well as protection. The so-called ‘publishers’ help the artist in the above-mentioned areas so he can spend more of his time on the music creation part. In a nutshell, the publisher does the business part.

Here are the important roles of a publisher;

  • Search for artists
  • Register the works of the artists
  • Promotes the albums (also produces the promotional tools)
  • Monitors the reproduction of the works
  • Takes care of the financial aspects
  • Makes sure that the music laws are carried out

THE LAWS

COMMISSION

Like what was mentioned earlier, several legal issues may arise if anyone does not follow the laws that govern the music industry. For instance, the commission of the artist. The publisher should pay the artist accordingly. All the earnings that were derived from the work should be audited, and the artist will get a certain percentage of it – as stated in the contract agreement.

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MUSIC LICENSE

Any business establishment that utilizes the work of an artist should apply for a music license. This ensures that the people behind the work will be compensated when restaurants, bars, and similar establishments make use of their works such as a hurricane party song.

MUSIC COMPOSITION AND COPYRIGHT

This particular law protects the works of those people who compose or write new songs. This would then require the songwriters or composers to register their work first before they send it out for publishing.