Royalty collections for songwriters in Africa have been growing steadily in recent years, but better systems, more balanced licensing negotiations and a stronger copyright environment are needed to unlock the huge potential for creators in the region.
The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) will be presenting its latest data and analysis on Africa - which were recently released in the CISAC Global Collections Report 2019 - at the Music In Africa conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases in Accra, Ghana, on 28 to 30 November.
CISAC’s 37-member societies across Africa reported total collections up of €78m ($86m) in 2018, while music collections have seen a sharp increase over the last five years to €72 million. TV and radio stations accounted for nearly half of the total remuneration to music authors, and South Africa is the largest source of collections in the region.
Among the positive case studies in the region is double-digit collection growth in many countries as well as government reforms to enable private copying remuneration in Malawi and several other markets.