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We will be running our Music Business Master Class ,starting next week Thursday,please have a look below for more information

Three major forces in the South African music industry combine to create THE course in Music Business
Academy of Sound Engineering, in conjunction with David Chislett and Nick Matzukis, are proud to present the Music Business Master-class (MBM). Billed as “the premier one-stop business course for the modern musician trying to make it in the new music industry”, the MBM is designed to train artists and managers, up to the highest professional level, in everything they need to know about today’s music business.
The industry is abuzz with talk of how the music business has changed, how record companies might be fading away, and how artists need to “do it themselves” as independents. The problem, however, is that there is not enough information readily available for average South African musicians to empower themselves to take advantage of this situation. That is all set to change with the introduction of the MBM.
Many courses and ideas have come and gone in the past, but the MBM is the only course where you can find out everything in one place, at an advanced level.
The course is given by perhaps the two most highly-respected industry training consultants in the professional music environment, Nick Matzukis and David Chislett, under the auspices of the Academy of Sound Engineering. The course comprises a two-month skills programme that covers everything from contracts and contract law, to marketing, new business models and the use of the digital arena. It is the only truly comprehensive course available today that empowers musicians and managers of any level to seize control of their careers by understanding the business and then being able to take advantage of the new business terrain in the music industry. In a nutshell, the MBM is pitched at the highest level and is designed to teach you everything you need to know about making money out of the music industry.
The programme covers:
Getting started: thinking about your music
Artist agreements: steering your project
Income streams
Planning for Success
Marketing start
The digital arena marketing, reach
Business Models
Industry overview key players (SA and internationals)
Contractual Principles
The Record Deal and its variants
The Publishing Contract and its variants
The Artist Management Agreement and its variants
The course fee includes tuition, some working materials, a copy of Nick Matzukis’ Book “South African Music Law And Contracts“ and a copy of David Chislett’s Book “1,2,1,2: A Step By Step Guide To The SA Music Industry.”
With a one-off introductory offer of R5 950.00 for the first course only, the first MBM is now open for enrolment, but seats are limited.
For more information or to book your place contact: (011) 482-9200 or You will find an enrollment contract attached. Please complete this and return it with a copy of your ID and one ID Photo. There is also a R3000 registration fee which is included in the total cost of the course. You will then be confirmed on the course.
About the Presenters:

David Chislett has been in the music business in South Africa since 1987. He is highly respected and has extensive practical experience as a trainer, musician, DJ, band manager, publicist, promoter, road manager, MC and consultant.
David is the author of the respected book “One Two, One Two, A Step by Step Guide to the South African Music Industry”. The book has been endorsed by the Music Managers’ Forum of South Africa, and has been hailed as the most practical and understandable guide of its type available today. It is a unique book in that it is aimed at new artists and managers who do not have a firm understanding of the business. Chapters cover planning, management, marketing, gear purchases, touring, publishing and more.
Dave is also a multi-talented speaker, voice artist and MC with a strong background in poetry, theatre and live radio work, as well as live events and radio ads. He has been asked to give music business presentations all over South Africa and has established himself as the “go-to guy” for practical and informative training sessions.
Trained in public speaking, debating and acting from school level, David graduated to national radio in 1994 when Barney Simon used him as a live radio correspondent on 5FM from London. This stint developed into the creation of the SA Music Explosion, a half hour weekly show on Barney Simon’s daily night time show on 5FM in 1996, that David hosted and ran.
Apart from being a published author and consultant, David is also a poet and public speaker who works with creative activations, motivation and inspiration. He has lectured at Academy of Sound Engineering, Moshito, AFDA and WITS on the music business and creative writing and has performed at numerous spoken word evenings around South Africa.
David was awarded the Ernst Van Heerden Creative Writing Award in 1998 for the short story: Pin Stripe Punk. He created, edited and contributed to Urban 1 in 2001, edited and contributed to Urban 2 in 2002 and edited Urban 03 in 2003. He also contributed to “From Joburg To Jozi” published by Penguin Books as well as contributing short fiction to Litnet,, Botsotso, Ons Klyntjie, The Literate Gymnast and Grrr.
David has MC’d Moshito, The SA Music Industry Conference, the Up The Creek festival and the Revolution Stage at Oppikoppi in 2008 as well as countless smaller shows around the country over a period of years. He has also presided over many book launches, spoken word sessions and other media events. His recognized contribution to the South African music business is ongoing.

Nick Matzukis is an Advocate of the High Court and is also a very well-known figure in the South African music scene, having played as a musician for many high-profile bands, and having been involved in various music projects over the years.

Nick has, on several occasions been invited to give seminars at SAMRO and other locations for organizations like the Composers’ Association of South Africa. He was a keynote speaker at Moshito 2010 and 2011, the Nelson Mandela Bay International Music Conference, Talking Heads, Born to be Famous (Artist Management) and twice at Music Exchange, an international music conference held in Cape Town. He was invited to give the keynote speech at the Hart van Windhoek Music Workshop in Namibia and is a regular presenter on the Southern African music scene. Nick has, in addition to his two books, written various published articles on topics like Needletime, 360 Degree Contracts, Royalty Streams and Music Contracts in general.

Nick was requested by SAMRO and one of its key divisions, the Performers’ Organisation of South Africa (POSA), to assist in the redrafting of Needletime legislation and amendments to the Performers’ Protection and Copyright Acts. Importantly, Nick was also commissioned to provide expert written legal advice to SAMRO on the settlement of the current Needletime Royalties impasse with SAMPRA, a pending milestone in South African music law.

Nick is a recognized author, lecturer and consultant to the music industry, and has written two music business books, including South Africa’s only reference book on Music Contracts and Music Law. The book is aptly titled “South African Music Law and Contracts – The smart musician’s guide to how the South African Music industry works, how to negotiate the best possible contracts, and how to make money from music in South Africa and overseas”. It gives a thorough overview of the music industry, both in South Africa and abroad and goes on to explain in detail the often perplexing topic of the various royalty streams and music copyrights that exist, thereby enabling the reader to come to a complete understanding of how money is made in the industry, and by whom.

Importantly, Nick’s book and presentations analyze the legal principles that every South African musician should know, especially those pertaining to contracts, copyright and royalties. After explaining the general principles of contract using examples from the music industry, the book then gives a highly practical clause-by-clause explanation of the contents of major music contracts, from the artist’s perspective. Included in these are record deals, licensing contracts, publishing agreements and artist management contracts. The reader is thoroughly prepared to know what to look out for as an artist, and what to negotiate, term by term. (A series of sample contracts is also provided in the book). The law of copyright, as it pertains to music, is also thoroughly dealt with. Nick’s mission in writing the book was to see the end of the days of “the naïve South African musician being prejudiced by the music industry”.

Nick’s qualifications, experience, career and passions are combined in music, law, business and education. This makes him one of the few people truly qualified to mentor young musicians, to write his ground-breaking book, and to lecture on this topic, which is so vital to the development of a dynamic and successful music industry in Africa.

Importantly, Nick still plays the drums and remains an active member of the South African musical fraternity.



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