For the first time, Papua New Guinea musicians will see royalties paid to artists who are included on internet music streaming platforms.
Papua New Guinea Musicians
Among the first to earn royalties include six PNG musicians known by stage names:
- Tonton Malele
- Kali D
- Jugu Mahn
- Ragga Siai
- Betty Toea
This is all possible with the music app mJams Pacific launched by Bmobile in PNG in April 2022 after a performance and marketing blitz in Port Moresby.
The mJams program will provide an outlet for monetary compensation for local PNG musicians who have registered on this platform.
This software is the first of its kind in the Pacific area, but it has been a big success in other emerging markets across Asia, with:
- 400,000+ users in Cambodia
- 500,000+ in Myanmar
Continually expanding due to rising demand, mJams streams music to mobile devices via mobile Internet connection and offline play.
Currently functioning in the Solomon Islands and Tonga, mJams has 400 Pacific Island musicians marketing their music and collecting royalties through this network. The music application also allows its users to explore, stream, and download music.
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Brian Mape, Telikom PNG’s head of strategy and innovation stated that while it is widely recognized and popular in Asia, this application is the first of its type in PNG.
“With this App, we can see trending artists and which musicians are performing exquisitely in the market. The market growth of this newly introduced App is prolific given that PNG has over a hundred artists.” Said Brian Mape,Telikom PNG’s head of strategy and innovation
This is the first time royalties would be paid to PNG artists who are on this music streaming service.
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