Research on live music in South Africa helps us to understand how the live music scene works, how it is changing, and how it can be developed.
Following the 2010 research conducted by Moshito/Mmino, Mapping of the SA Live Music Circuit, Concerts SA built on this work by conducting further research on the live music sector which resulted in Song Lines: Mapping of the South African Live Performance Landscape. This report details the findings of Concerts SA’s 2013 Mapping Research study, puts these findings into context and suggests an action plan for Concerts SA designed to stimulate growth for all genres of South African music, improving access to live music and better working conditions for musicians. The full report can be downloaded here.
Expanding on this research, Concerts SA partnered with Wits School of Arts to explore audience attendance and consumption patterns of live music. The research report will be made available by mid-2015.
To further equip professionals operating in the live music sector, Concerts SA partnered with the Arts & Culture Trust in 2013 and 2014 and hosted specialised training, free workshops and master classes on marketing for musicians and music professionals in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Additional workshops and training needs in the sector continue to be identified, and the programme will continue to facilitate the hosting of training in areas in which there is a pressing need.