Why South African artists are getting a raw deal [UPDATED]

The lockdown has revealed just how vulnerable South Africa’s artists and creative freelancers really are, with many taking to Twitter and the streets out of desperation for more government support.

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IN THIS VIDEO:
00:00 Intro
00:54 Art got us through lockdown
01:55 Art is what makes us human
02:57 Art has both soft & economic power
03:45 Lockdown hits arts sector hard
05:29 The arts relief fund
07:08 “Minister of Condolences & Congratulations”
07:47 The problems started way before 2020’s lockdown
10:06 The arts sector is super unregulated
10:56 South Africa’s ridiculous royalties laws
12:14 Solutions to the crisis
14:20 Outro

In this episode, Gabriella Pinto takes a closer look at how the lockdown has affected the arts and culture sector – one which typically needs social proximity, not distancing, to work – and what might be some solutions for a more long term sustainable arts sector in South Africa.

Episode Guests:

-Renowned actress, writer, poet & performer, Lebo Mashile, who speaks about the systemic issues that curtail the sector’s development.
-Acclaimed actress and writer, Buhle Ngaba, who details how the virus directly impacted her work and the challenges to get relief funding.
-Siviwe Ngani from Tshimologong Digital Innovation precinct (which hosts the digital arts festival, Fak’ugesi Festival), explains the pros and cons of creating work online.

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SUPPORT THE ARTS
1. Buy musicians’ music on www.bandcamp.com instead of streaming
2. Get tickets to streamed live gigs at www.quicket.co.za, www.webtickets.co.za and other ticketing websites
3. Support the #iam4thearts movement: https://iam4thearts.org.za/
4. Tell us your ideas in the comments!

CREATIVE SOCIETIES AND GUILDS
South African Screen Federation: http://www.sasfed.org/p/members.html
Writer’s Guild of South Africa: https://writersguildsa.org/
South African Guild of Editors: https://www.editorsguildsa.org/
South African Society of Cinematographers: http://www.sacia.org.za/pages/sasc.htm
South African Guild of Actors: https://www.saguildofactors.co.za/
Sisters Working in Film and Television: http://www.swiftsa.org.za/
Independent Producers Organisation: http://ipo.org.za/

Disclaimer: Politically Aweh has been previously funded by the National Film and Video Foundation, which falls under the Dept of Sports, Arts & Culture. This previous funding history in no way influenced the content of this episode.

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