The tech and music producing industry are one of the brightest spots in the economy today. It’s where lots of jobs are being created and lots of money is being made. But there’s one notable area in which the tech and entertainment sector lags in comparison to other well-performing industries: Philanthropy.
The average salary of a South African music professionals is set at more than R700 000. So it’s pretty embarrassing that as flush with cash as so many people here are, shortages at local charities mean that many needy families in Mzansi are likely to not benefit from worthy causes. And in the top 10 corporations that gave the most cash to charity in 2013, there was not one music company to be found.
Not for the BlackCoffee foundation that is. The foundation, in association with Bridges For Music launched their scholarship, which will provide the opportunity for a highly
talented and physically disabled student to study SAE’s renowned Higher
Certificate in Sound Production qualification, at their incredible facility
in Cape Town’s Woodstock Exchange.
Only a few artists understand the challenges of living with a physical disability better than DJ Black Coffee – an award-winning DJ from KwaZulu-Natal. What many may not be aware of is that the genius behind the renowned Black Coffee compositions and performances does not have the use of his left hand. Instead of relegating himself to obscurity DJ Black Coffee chose to take his considerable skills to the world – performing on the international circuit and becoming a household name in South Africa.