MANILA, March 20 (PIA) -- The country’s music industry stakeholders joined hands to convene this year’s Pinoy Music Summit in an effort to unite various players in the industry in making commitments towards development and promotion of original Filipino music.
With the theme “Basta Pinoy, Push Mo ‘Yan!” this year’s conference aims to chart the state of the Philippine music industry and develop a program involving various stakeholders towards strengthening and promoting OPM (original Pinoy music) as an expression of culture and identity, as well as making it an economic driver.
President Benigno S. Aquino III was the guest of honor and keynote speaker during the summit organized by the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, Inc. (FILSCAP), along with the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), Philippine Association of Recording Industry (PARI), Asosasyon ng Musikong Pilipino Foundation, Inc. (AMP), Music Copyright Administrators of the Philippines (MCAP), and PhilPop Music Fest Foundation.
In his speech, the President lauded the holding of the summit saying that attendance to the event comes as no surprise to many since he is a self-confessed audiophile whose preferences on music range from jazz, pop, classic, blues, and OPM.
The President also identified the government’s effort to uplift the state of the Philippine music industry saying that his mother, former President Cory Aquino signed Executive Order 255 in 1987 requiring all radio stations with musical format programs to broadcast a minimum of four original Pilipino musical compositions every hour.
The President said that the government tasks National Telecommunications Commission to ensure all radio stations abide by the rule.
Aquino also said that the government is implementing the World Intellectual Property Organization Internet Treaties that directs all countries to come up with a framework of basic rights of those who are in the music industry.
Besides these, Aquino said the government fully supports the anti-piracy campaign of the Optical Media Board (OMB).
“From 2011 to 2013, the OMB has confiscated over 1,100,000 pieces of pirated optical media products, estimated at more than P3 billion,” Aquino said.
The President also said that the joint efforts of the OMB, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) more than 2,705 establishments selling pirated products have been inspected in a clearing operations.
Still, Aquino admitted that a lot more has to be done to overcome the obstacles that hampered the growth of the local music industry.
Filipino music has been handicapped by music piracy, technological advancement, lack of ingenuity among local artists, and foreign competition that sales of the Philippine recording industry went on a constant decline for almost a decade.
FILSCAP president and acting conference director Noel Cabangon said they want to bring in all the stakeholders, record industry associations, networks, the singers, the academe and the government, and challenge them to do something about the current situation of the music industry.
"This year’s Pinoy Music Summit hopes to achieve that by gathering musicians, record labels, the government sector, media, and various representatives of the music consumer groups in a single event," Cabangon said. (PIA-NCR/RJB/SDL)