Sunday, November 04 2012
Over the past decade, it has become increasingly difficult for our artistes to sell their music from recorded albums, concert tickets and therefore resorted to other means of being creative in making ends meet. Below we take you through the various avenues they are doing or can do just keep afloat.
Album Launches - This is the traditional method of making money for our artistes and once promoters have bought off the show, then all that is left is for the artiste is to sing his lungs out, jump on stage and also not worry whether it is as packed as Kohshens or it flops as Sisqo's because you could have been paid anyway and all problems transfered to the promoter. At this point, Its important to know top promoters like Balaam and KIGO Media.
Kwanjula, Wedding - Times have changed and they continue changing. To those who care, it has become a standard to bring in the artistes to perform on their introduction ceremonies, weddings so if you are planning on any artiste, its important to check with them way in advance as they could be engaged. They can perform at different functions per day depending on how many songs you pay for. Judith Babirye and Sylver Kyagulanyi normally charge 200,000 per song.
Signed to Top Bars - Bar Business does not make sense anymore if all you have to do is to sit and take a bottle of lager while watching DSTV with skimply dressed gals kriss krossing. Average Bars have more than three theme nights in a week that have seen different artistes reep big with their performances.
Specific Projects - Jose Chameleone with his Moto-Moto deal is testimony to this. Much as it has a lot to do with your rankings in the music industry, its every inch worth it looking at how much is involved. Recently, Grace Nakimera was contracted to record an anthem for the Kiboko Group of Companies and she found it hard to hide her excitement. Esther Nabaasa with her Jubilee song is another good example here.
Adverts - This is another avenue for artistes to maximise their revenue. Bobi Wine has a deal with Warid Telecom, but to qualify for this, it also has a bearing on how well you rank in your music, bottom line is, you must have good music.
Bands - Former Blu3 member Lilian Mbabazi owns the Sundowners band and that has kept her going over and above her radio slot on the Bugolobi based Radiocity FM station. Sarah Zawedde is another artiste with her Zawee Band which has kept her going even when she is not releasing any new music.
Comedy - No doubt Ragga Dee is a comedian and could actualy do well if he ventured into that field. Comedy is the theme in almost all his videos, so trying out Comedy for well established artistes like him could bring in a little extra.
Hair Salon, Beauty Spa - Grace Nakimera is a living example with her Pinky salon right in the heart of the city. I'm sure a number of her fans would prefer to go their just to have their hair, nails, facials and the likes done from their.
Song Writing - Most artistes are also song writers, so you can pen songs for other artistes or better still be a producer. Vince Henry and Sylver Kyagulanyi fit this category.
Reality Shows - If you have the gutts, then you can give it a try who knows, it might be the best show where advertises may want their ads to appear after being convinced that it has large numbers of viewerships. This will be a big boost for you in shared income.
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