CHRIS THURMAN: Spare a thought, and a dime, for artists going digital
And give them a gap while they experiment with formats not so familiar to them
Reader, welcome to lockdown. If you’re lucky enough to have a decent home internet connection, the arts world is your digital oyster for the next few weeks. Ditto if you have a smartphone and a decent amount of data at your disposal. These are, it remains necessary to say, luxuries for most South Africans — who will, instead, depend on radio and TV for their entertainment and distraction.
The public broadcaster will be upping its “local content”, a measure announced by the minister of sports, arts and culture that is designed to increase royalty revenues for musicians — and perhaps the odd radio playwright or voiceover artist. When this money will find its way to the intended beneficiaries is another matter altogether.