Artists in the music industry are set to benefit from a series of workshops on intellectual property rights and artistsâ€™ rights to be conducted by the Zimbabwe Music Rights Association, (ZIMURA) across the country.The series of workshops are meant to empower and equip composers and musicians with the knowledge of copyright laws and artistsâ€™ rights and also seeks to help them run their businesses professionally among other issues.
Speaking to ZBC News, ZIMURA Chairperson Albert Nyathi said the workshops which will be conducted in all the countryâ€™s ten provinces were necessitated by the realisation that the sector is growing and concerns raised by artists at the annual general meeting held in February which showed that musicians are not aware of their rights and laws governing their operations.
Nyathi said: â€œThe sector is a business like any other and needs to be run professionally.
â€œThe workshops will also address reproductive health issues as the artists are among the vulnerable due to their working environment.â€
Several musicians have died paupers and analysts have attributed that to the lack of relevant skills to run their enterprises.
Of late, piracy has affected musicians despite the country having copyright laws that seek to protect the work of artists.