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Global creators bask in glory of record growth – Monitor

The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has released its latest report, indicating that global royalty collections for creators reached a historical high point of €12.1b (Shs49.2 trillion) in 2022. 

This represents a record 26.7 percent growth and, perhaps, a full recovery from the pandemic. According to the 2023 Global Collections Report, collections are now 19.8 percent higher than their pre-pandemic level, driven by continued strong growth in digital income and a recovery in live and public performance. 

Digital collections, boosted by continued growth of streaming and subscription, rose to €4.2b (Shs17 trillion). Digital income has doubled since the pre-Covid level of 2019 and is now, for the first time, creators’ biggest income stream, overtaking TV and radio, with 35 percent of total collections. 

Royalties from live and public performance, including concerts, background, exhibitions and theatres rose by 69.9 percent to €2.7b (Shs10.9 trillion). The sector, however, fell short of complete recovery, remaining 7.9 percent below its pre-pandemic level as local events and smaller venues still struggled to match the recovery in international tours and big festivals.

Rebalanced streams
In a significant rebalancing of income streams since the start of the pandemic, digital collections are up by 100 percent, TV and radio up 4.6 percent and live and public performance down by 7.9 percent on their pre-Covid levels of 2019.

All regions and all repertoires saw collections growth in 2022. Drama was the fastest-growing repertoire in 2022, with royalties increasing by 89.4 percent after being pummelled by lockdown restrictions. 

Despite this, drama was the only repertoire to remain below its 2019 level. Every other sector saw growth. Music collections, the largest segment, rose a record 28 percent to €10.8b (Shs43.9 trillion), 21.4 percent up in 2019. 

For the first time, digital became the largest source of revenue for creators, driven by continued growth of subscription streaming and renewed or new licensing deals by societies. 

Collections from the digital use of creators’ works increased by 33.5 percent in 2022 to €4.2b (Shs17 trillion), boosted mainly by continued growth in music streaming and subscription video on demand (SVOD). 

No pandemic brakes
Royalties from the live and public performance sector, including concerts, background, exhibitions and theatres, increased by 69.9 percent in 2022 as festivals, music tours and businesses reopened. 

Total collections for composers and songwriters increased by 28.0 percent in 2022 to exceed €10b (Shs40.7 trillion) for the first time. Strong streaming subscription income helped digital collections rise by a record 33.5 percent to become the largest income stream for music creators. 

The five-year trend of creators’ major royalty streams shows the sharply reversed fortunes of live and background as well as digital over the last five years. Digital went up by 154.3 percent as live and background went down by 2.8 percent since 2018. 

Elsewhere, broadcast has remained largely flat during the pandemic, with the resilience of TV and radio playing a key part in the recovery of the whole sector in 2022. 

Commenting on the report Gadi Oron, the CISAC director general, said: “This is a remarkable return to growth as our whole sector fully recovers from the disastrous three-year pandemic. While live and public performance have bounced back strongly, the recovery is driven most of all by digital, which has now become creators’ largest source of income.”

Oron added: “Streaming and subscription have not just revived the status quo; they have transformed the market, changed the game for creators and paved the way for future growth.” 

According to the report, every region saw growth in 2022 with Europe remaining the largest at more than half the global total. Strong growth in North America slightly narrowed the gap to second place whilst revenues in Latin America increased by 66.1 percent, helped by the trebling of live and background income.
African picture
Creators’ collections in Africa grew by 10.1 percent in 2022, recovering to their pre-pandemic level of €76m (Shs309b). TV and radio collections remained the largest sector with 43.8 percent of the total and were helped by increased income in South Africa from radio advertising revenues and commercial TV. 

Broadcast royalty income in the region grew 11.5 percent to €33m (Shs134.2b), two-thirds of which comes from South Africa. An eight-fold increase in Zimbabwe added almost €2.5m (Shs10.2b) to the total. Broadcast revenue in Cameroon also grew, rising almost four-fold due to back payments by users. 

Income from live events and the use of music by businesses makes up 22.6 percent of African collections and grew by more than one-quarter in 2022. The largest contributors to this rise were Angola where revenues leaped five-fold as collections restarted, and Côte d’Ivoire where a 23.2 percent rise in the live and background sector drove national growth of 2.7 percent. 

Despite this annual growth, the regional total for live and background remains 4.3 percent below the pre-pandemic level. In South Africa, income grew by 5.5 percent in 2022 but remained nearly one-fifth down in 2019, with many businesses struggling to recover post-lockdown. Whilst background music grew, local society the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) reported cinema and live event revenues falling by 94 percent and 67 percent respectively during the year. 

Untapped digital
Digital income makes up 17.0 percent of the regional collections total but grew by just +2.4 per cent in 2022. In South Africa, where 72.4 percent of these collections are made, a large five-year video on demand (VOD) back payment received the previous year slowed growth in 2022 to 2.1 percent. Elsewhere, Algeria and Côte d’Ivoire saw real declines in these revenues. The Africa region again has the lowest digital market share of any region. 

Private copying was the fourth largest income sector but fell by 11.4 percent across the eight countries in which it is collected in Africa. This was driven by a 17.7 percent drop in Morocco where more than half of these revenues are collected, and by a three-quarter decrease in Algeria. 

Burkina Faso, however, saw growth with private copying more than doubling and driving a 50.9 percent increase in the country total. 

The Global Collections Report is CISAC’s annual statistical overview of authors’ societies global collections on behalf of creators. The report provides comprehensive detailed analysis of collections by repertoire, region and income stream. It also analyses the trends and the key drivers behind them. 

The report is compiled based on the exclusive data reported to CISAC by its 225 member Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) in 116 countries/territories and five regions. These CMOs represent over five million creators active in five major repertoires: music, audiovisual, visual arts, literature and drama.

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Breaking news – Chronicle

Iyasa to light up Palace gardens

Mthabisi Tshuma, Showbiz Writer

Award-winning dance and music ensemble, Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts (Iyasa) is preparing to grace the Palace Hotel gardens on Friday evening.

The group will be returning to the venue as the main acts this time around after they were hit when they curtain-raised for Baba Harare five weeks ago.

Warming up the stage for them will be Sungura Masters, Ras Teken, Divoxx and Scara. On the decks will be the joint’s resident DJs Ayaxxx, Keitho, Banda and Tetso. Mr Jaiva will be the host on the night.

Iyasa director Nkululeko Dube said they are happy to be returning to the venue which always has a supportive crowd.

“We had a great reception when we supported Baba Harare recently and what a way this will be to quench their (music lovers) appetite. We’re looking forward to another scintillating experience as we showcase what we are best known for,” said Dube.

Palace Hotel proprietor Tapiwa “Gandz” Gandiwa said they cannot wait to host the group.

“The lineup is made up of well-known local artistes and what better way to kick start the festive season? We promise top-quality entertainment this festive season as we continue to give local artistes a chance to make their breakthroughs,” said Gandz. – @mthabisi_mthire

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Breaking news – Chronicle

Ziyajuluka Festival on cards

Natasha Mutsiba, [email protected]

The Ziyajuluka Festival is set to take place at The Hub in Bulawayo next week Saturday.

The festival aims to uplift youth talent and help local up-and-coming artistes gain more recognition in all music genres. Killer Nox and Taddy Bear Events, popular entertainers known for their engaging performances, will host the festival.

In addition to music, the festival will feature performances from various dance groups, including Jabulani Arts Academy, DT8, and Skhumz Moonwalker. These talented dance groups will add an extra layer of entertainment and excitement to the festival.

Killer Nox has emphasised that attendees can expect a safe and secure environment during the festive season.

The festival’s second edition aims to create a platform for emerging artistes to shine and make their mark in the music industry.

_@Tasha Mutsiba.

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12 days of Christmas concerts: Where to see holiday performances … –

BETHELHEM, Pa. — ’Tis the season of songs.

From student-led performances to community choirs, there are numerous ways to celebrate Christmastime in the Lehigh Valley.

Check out these Celtic, jazz and modern performances featuring classical and contemporary music.

Festival of Carols

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Central Moravian Church

The Central Moravian Church presents its Festival of Carols on Dec. 2 in Bethlehem.

Central Moravian Church will present its Festival of Carols, a choral and instrumental that features organ prelude, “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” by Rebecca Lepore, minister of music at the historic church that was founded in 1742.

Additionally, you can hear the church choir on anthems and choruses by Felix Mendelssohn, G.F. Handel, John Rutter and Dan Forrest; the Mainstreet Brass on a new set of Roger Harvey arrangements for Advent; and congregational hymns, including “Morning Star,” a Moravian Christmas tradition.

Tickets: Free

When: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: 73 W. Church St., Bethlehem


Bel Canto in Bethlehem

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.



The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus’ holiday show includes Mendelssohn’s “He Watching Over Israel,” and selections from BWV 61 (with guests from the Bach Festival Orchestra).

The show will begin with a traditional Zimbabwean song of welcome and concludes with the singing of beloved carols.

The youth chorus — consisting of 50 musicians — was founded in 1993 by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

The performance will be conducted by Kelly Rocchi and Alaina Swartz.

Tickets: $15, free for students with school ID

When: 4 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 21 Wyandotte St., Bethlehem


Be merry with the Vespers

For something full of seasonal spirit, Lehigh University Choral Arts Christmas Vespers will present its annual gift to the community.

The performance will be directed by Steven Sametz, with associate director, Hana Cai.

The longstanding holiday show combines two traditional forms of worship in the Moravian Church — the singstunde and the candlelight service.

Tickets: Free. Early arrival is suggested

When: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec 10

Where: Packer Memorial Church, 18 University Drive, Bethlehem


Cheer with Charter Arts

The Charter Arts Vocal Music Department’s winter choral concert will feature traditional holiday songs performed by close to 200 student musicians made up of three of the school’s choirs.

Tickets: $11 adults, $6 students/children

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 12

Where: 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem


The ‘light’ of the Chorale


Micaela Hood


Lehigh Valley Chorale is gearing up for its winter concert.

The Lehigh Valley Chorale will take the stage for “The Light That Leads Us Home,” a holiday showcase that mixes modern-day tunes with classics like Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Morton Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night.”

The chorale group, based in Easton, is led by Nick Sienkiewicz, the conductor of the 153-member choir, ages 18-80.

Tickets: $20

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman St., Allentown


Santa and the Symphony

The Allentown Symphony’s annual “Holiday Pops” concert will feature Christmas classics, sing-a-long opportunities and a visit from Santa Claus.

Led by conductor Diane Wittry and vocalist Michael Andrew, this year’s guest stars include Robert Trexler, the Emmaus High School Chorale, the Accent School of Dance, the O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance and the Uilleann Bagpipers.

Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk will deck the halls as the opening speaker.

Tickets: $25 – $72

When: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown


Christmas with Bach




Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem will perform their Christmas concert in December.

The Bach Choir’s annual holiday program will consist of Bach’s “Magnificat,” and the festive “Cantana 63,” which he wrote in 1732.

Historically, “Magnificat” was performed in Germany and part of church services on Sundays, and recited in Latin, especially during holidays such as Christmas and Easter.

The Bach Choiris celebrating its 125th year in 2023.

The group was founded by John Frederick Wolle in 1898, nearly 150 years after Bach’s death.

Wolle was an organist at central Moravian at a time when Bach was tied to the singing tradition of the Moravians.

Tickets: $9 – $45

When: 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 3231 W. Tilghman St., Allentown and 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at First Presbyterian Church, 2344 Church St., Bethlehem.


Student recital

The Community Music School’s holiday show will feature student musicians from beginner to advanced levels.

The intimate recital, which will contain a mix of song and piano, prepares students for future live performances.

Tickets: Free, but donations are suggested to help fund the nonprofit’s programs.

When: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: 1544 Hamilton St., Allentown


Organ performance




Moravian Historical Society

The Moravian Historical Society’s Christmas concert features a erformance by Thomas Dressler on an organ that was built in the 1700s and is one of the oldest organs in the country.

Moravian Historical Society will present a concert with Thomas Dressler, director of music at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Easton.

Dressler will perform a yuletide concert on the 1776 Tannerberg organ.

The Tannerberg piece, in the museum of the Moravian Historical Society, was built by Moravian organ builder David Tannenberg.

Tannenberg arrived in Bethlehem on Nov. 25, 1776, to set up the organ, which was used in the Single Brethren’s House in Bethlehem.

Only nine of Tannerberg’s organs exist today.

The concert will take place in the museum on the second floor of the Whitefield House.

Tickets: $10

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Moravian Historical Society, 214 E. Center St., Nazareth


A Creole Christmas

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a New Orleans group founded by tuba player Allan Jaffe, will bring some soulful, Southern sounds to the Lehigh Valley.

The jazz troupe will perform original holiday hits, plus favorite Christmas tunes such as “Walking in a Winter Wonderland, and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Tickets: $35-$55

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 1

Where: State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton


Celtic candlelight




Governor Wolf Historical Society

The Governor Wolf Historical Society will host a Celtic Christmas concert in December

You can warm up at the Gov. Wolf Historical Society’s holiday event, which will feature classic Celtic Christmas songs by the Seasons.

The family band is based in Harrisburg and performs with the Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and hammered dulcimer.

There will be a dessert buffet and light refreshments served.

The concert will take place in the newly restored Wolf Academy.

Reservations are recommended and seating is limited. 
Tickets will be available at the venue Dec. 2 and 3 during the holiday history event.

Call or email for tickets at 610-737-3000 or

Tickets: $20 non-members, $15 members

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: 6600 Jacksonville Road, Bath


Old time charm

The banjo, fiddle and dulcimer will take center stage at the Bell Tower’s first-holiday concert.

You can enjoy traditional country tunes by local musicians Norm Williams and Tom and Betty Drunkenmiller.

Williams is known for his old-time Appalachian fiddle and gospel songs and tunes as well as other folk styles.

The Drukenmillers, with their son, Nate, began performing and recording in the 1990s.

Alongside Williams, the couple have made six recordings, most recently “Bound to Change.”

Tickets: $10

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: Belltower Cultural Center, 2904 Church Road, Bangor


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