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#YouTubeBlack Voices Fund invites grant applications from artists

YouTube has announced that grant applications for the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund Class of 2022 will open on 21 June 2021. The fund is aimed at deepening investments in Black communities.

Spotify is now available in over 80 new countries including several across Africa

Spotify is expanding to 80 plus countries including several across Africa. The announcement will be welcomed by many music artists across Africa who have fans in their countries where Spotify was not available.

SoundCloud has announced the introduction of fan-powered royalties

SoundCloud has announced the introduction of fan-powered royalties, a more equitable and transparent way for emerging and independent artists to earn money on SoundCloud.

Spotify triples losses despite paid subscribers reaching 155 million

Spotify has announced its latest financial results, and despite its paid (premium) subscribers rising to 155 million compared to the year before, the music streaming media company reported that its losses had tripled during the same period.

Many of South Africa’s live music workers are quitting the industry

Relief funding was designed to cover cancellations in the first quarter – but most musicians in South Africa hadn’t confirmed all their bookings by then. And from April onwards, during the lockdown, there have been minimal earnings.

Restructuring the troubled entertainment industry

The entertainment sector in Africa continues to face endemic issues particularly affecting creators, who arguably put in most of the work but perpetually seem to pick the short end of the stick.

Do South Africa's digital inequalities affect music artists' lockdown live streams?

If South Africa’s digital inequalities persist, the results could be more exclusionary, for both music makers and music consumers.