SACEM and IFAS announce their partnership with the World Jazz Conference, hosted online and anchored from studios in Johannesburg and the Amersfoort in the Netherlands.

The French collection Society SACEM together with the French Institute in South Africa (IFAS) have joined JazzNL, Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz Festival and IKS Cultural Consulting at this year’s World Jazz Conference.  The online events will look at the challenges faced by the music industry in the COVID 19 Pandemic.


At the conference the SACEM and IFAS panel will be brainstorming Live Streaming and Modes of Operating, considering opportunities for artists, including new business models, new ways of earning revenue, and the opportunities that live streaming presents to arts professionals from performers to recording studios and festivals.


“Over the last few months, livestreaming has exploded around the world and represents for many artists an opportunity to continue to bring their music to life and interact with their audience through digital. Aware of the potential of this means of broadcasting, Sacem is mobilised alongside its members, authors, composers and publishers, to support the emergence of this practice by setting up an exceptional copyright remuneration scheme and by signing agreements with players of the sector, such as recently with Twitch” says Akotchayé Okio, the International Development Officer for Africa at SACEM.


Akotchayé works to help improve authors’ rights protection and development on the African continent. Akotchayé is an artist, musician and entrepreneur who has been involved in African cultural spaces and the music industry for 20 years. He has notably worked as a festival and TV talent show promoter, as well as editor of a cultural magazine. In addition, he was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the National Artistic Ensemble of Benin; and he managed African audiovisual content at Believe.

The session will be chaired by South African Gwen Ansell, who is a renowned freelance writer, writing teacher, media consultant and creative industries researcher, who will present the Concerts SA publication, Digital Futures? Live Streaming in South Africa.


The session on Live Streaming and Modes of Operating will include a presentation by Iredumare-Ojengbede Opeyemi from Nigeria (Simfy Africa) and include respondents from Johannesburg, and Amersfoort. as well as an array of music industry experts including Babylas Ndiaye (Senegal), Alan Webster (SA), Aymeric Péguillan, Dr Sipho Sithole (SA), Jess White (SA), Georgina Javor (Jazz at the Lincoln Centre – USA), Michael Balkind (SA), Patricia Diana Ndoumbe (Cameroon) and Michel Peek (Netherlands).


This partnership with the World Jazz Festival and IKS Cultural Consulting was made possible thanks to the collaboration with SACEM and the support of The d’Alembert Fund, which is dedicated to network projects in the field of public debate, and is divided into two complementary sections, “Science and Society” and “Politics and Current Events”. The d’Alembert Fund calls for proposals each year through the Institut Français to support  public debate activities (roundtable, dialogues, forums, discussion series) organised by the French cultural network abroad.


About the French Institute in South Africa:

As the cultural agency of the Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is the operator of the cultural activities of France abroad, one of 96 institutes in the world.

Over 20 years, IFAS has worked with multiple public and private partners in the creative industries in South Africa. From emerging talents and schools, to museums, directors, movie theaters, producers, studios, public institutions, hubs, universities, and festivals, IFAS has developed unique collaborations with the shared goal of making exchanges between our two countries within creative industries more rewarding, complementing, active, dynamic, innovative, creative and ambitious. From those collaborations, we’ve learnt to work, to think, to create, to innovate differently, developing strength, opportunities, ideas that couldn’t have emerged without our complementarity, our willingness to learn, to share and without our joint curiosity.


About Sacem

Sacem is a non-profit organisation that contributes to the vibrancy and influence of creative work across the world, with day-to-day support for cultural and artistic projects. Music accompanies us throughout our lives and Sacem has been supporting those who create it for 169 years. 176,150 authors, composers and publishers trust Sacem to manage their authors’ rights. As a voice for creators and a trusted partner for music broadcasters, Sacem strives to promote all genres of music.


About the Online Jazz World Conference


WHO WILL BE THERE? The conference is aimed at music professionals and enthusiasts in the World music and Jazz spaces. These can include musicians, venue owners, festival organizers and promoters who want to expand their network. As it stands more than 100 Jazz supporters from across the globe – including Africa, Europe, Australasia and North America – will be joining in.


WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN? Friday 20 November 2020 to Saturday 21 November 2020.


WHERE WILL IT HAPPEN? The conference stream can be followed on as well as on the IKS Facebook page and is FREE and open to anyone. Please inform interested music professionals and artists you believe will benefit from this opportunity.


WHAT WILL HAPPEN? Presentations & Panels: The conference will consist of presentations and panel discussions on 5 topics underlined by themes of Resilience, Improvisation and Reciprocity. The topics will discuss the real-life challenges currently experienced by the music industry globally.


Presentations and other reading material will be available for all participants to download at for the duration of the conference and will be accessible after the conference.


Cyber Coffee: In addition, to give voice to the many participants, there will cyber coffee chatrooms where participants can discuss the themes and share ideas with our world jazz community.


Jazz Laureates Festival: One of the highlights is the Jazz Laureates Festival, where exceptional young talents can show off to the world, this time virtually, as part of the conference program.  All participants are asked to consider them for a possible booking and collaboration in the future as we nurture our young talent together and give them the time to shine.


The Amersfoort Online Jazz Festival: The conference in Amersfoort is organized alongside our first free online jazz festival on Friday and Saturday evening from 19.00 till 00.00 hours on to click on the live stream link. We will be presenting 19 concerts of mainly Dutch artists in three days’ time from three different stages and invite you to enjoy some great jazz.


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IKS Cultural Consulting and JazzNL colleagues will be online to answer any questions or link specific persons in the network so that we build and strengthen this global community.


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The conference program can be found on


The chatrooms will be open and the streams will be monitored in real time for questions and interaction with panelists and speakers in all sessions.


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