Art should also be paid for- Mani Martin
The Covid-19 pandemic has indeed hit economies, and in turn affected income generation activities, with social events no longer an option for the Arts performance sector, Artistes have greatly been affected, which sparks a more atmosphere for reflection upon lesson learnt, and the way forward. Afro folk, traditional and fusion musician Martin Maniruta aka Mani Martin shares his experience;
I can’t say much about myself but all I know is every entertainer is facing a big financial problem especially in Rwanda where by the artists are not paid anything from the use of their work if not on stage.-Mani Martin
To him, this period should be a wake up call to all the creatives and the institutions in charge to put in place the implementation of the copyright law where by artists will be able to earn some money from every single use of their work without waiting for performances which don’t often occur.
I guess everybody now (as we stay home) is consuming two things; Art and food -we can’t live without eating as we can’t stay home without listening to music, watching movies, listening to poems, theater etc. We all know the food is paid for or comes as support from the Government and other good people around, so we should not ignore that the other consumption “art” should also be paid for unless if we get it as a support from the owners of the artistic products.Mani Martin
July 7, 2020