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01 Jul 2020

Musicians & Songwriters Encouraged to Save Their Works at National Library

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - Musicians and songwriters in Indonesia are encouraged to save their works at the National Library of Indonesia. Through Law Number 13 of 2018 concerning Submission and Deposit of Printed Works and Recorded Works (SSKCKR), National Library is mandated to collect the recorded works of the nation’s children. Musicians and songwriters can save their work at the National Library through an application developed by the National Library, e-deposit.

This was expressed by the Director of National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, when opens the FGD webinar between National Library and the Collective Management Institute for the Association of Singers and Musicians of the Republic of Indonesia (LMK PAPPRI) and the Federation of Indonesian Music Unions (Fesmi) held at the National Library in Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta, on Wednesday (7/1/2020).

Syarif Bando stated that all of these recorded works were proof of the extraordinary works of the nation's children from time to time. Not only to be stored all the submitted records will also be promoted for the benefit of the community. One of them is played through third party application. He hopes that the recorded works that are submitted cover various genres across the ages, including traditional music, so that all Indonesians, even the world can listen to it.

Regarding the economic rights (royalties) from the recorded works of musicians and songwriters, National Library is ready to facilitate it. In this meeting PAPPRI and Fesmi were invited to formulate protection and royalties for the recorded works. "Law No. 13 of 2018 is the mandate for having it here (Perpusnas), and my job is only to benefit songwriters and musicians who have saved their works at National Library. How is the deal? Please make the agreement. So that National Library can functions as a medium to bring together applications owners, songwriters, and the world community to enjoy Indonesian music," he explained.

Through this, the world community will get to know Indonesia through music. Music is an excellent means of diplomacy between people. The task of the National Library is to present the essence of Indonesian music to the world community.

The facilitation of economic rights over the recorded works, said Syarif Bando, shows that the National Library indirectly contributes in helping the community economic recovery affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. "This is an extraordinary step we are facing to restore the economy of the community, especially in the field of Indonesian music," he said.

Head of the Library Material Deposit Directorate, Nurcahyono, said that his party hopes to become a partner for musicians and songwriters in seeking new breakthroughs during the pandemic. He also invited the public to use deposit collections. "So people can search if they want to find references, because every civilization has music. It is our hope that the public can use our collection as research. Because in addition to collect we also serve," he explained.

Head of LMK PAPPRI, Dwiki Darmawan, appreciates the implementation of Law Number 13 of 2018 and will socialize it to fellow songwriters. Through the storage of recorded works of musicians and songwriters, the results of human culture, creative works, and the results of cultural interactions are available at the National Library. "One thing that the public often needs, especially in the academic world, is research. Usually before the existence of this law, the awareness to submit the works to regional and national libraries was very low. So it is very difficult to find material or data related to music development," he explained.

Meanwhile, Head of Fesmi, Candra Darusman, invited fellow musicians and songwriters to support Law Number 13 of 2018. Fesmi itself strives for the right of the music artist profession to be equal to other professions in fields outside of music. Currently, said Candra, there are around 15 million art workers in Indonesia.

“They work as freelancers, which according to the law are workers, not wages. They are constrained in obtaining social security so that one of the programs from Fesmi creates an advocacy program so that these social and economic security rights can be obtained by those who work not as employees," he said. After the pandemic, Fesmi will refocus on advocating and economic empowerment for musicians and songwriters.

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