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AIRCO LAUNCHES AT MOSHITO '06 (article first published : 2006-09-23)

The Association of Independent Record Companies launched itself with its first Annual General Meeting at Moshito '06 on September 21.

AIRCO joins the growing list of representative bodies in South Africa to be associated with Moshito, and its existence is an almost direct spin off from discussions around the issues facing independent music in South Africa at Moshito '05.

While AIRCO will function as an organisation dedicated to representing the specific issues and rights of independent record labels, it will also be a collection and administration body for its independent members.

"We are not competition to the existing organisations at all," stated Acting Chairperson Irfaan Gillan in explanation of the need for another representative body in the small South African market, "Rather we are a unique body constituted with the sole purpose of looking after the unique and specific needs of independent music companies that are not being met by the bulk agreements and negotiations that these other organizations have put in place."

The independent sector of the music industry faces a unique set of challenges and problems that AIRCO seeks to redress. As such, the primary aim of AIRCO is to assist in the growth of the market place that exists for independent South African music and to grow the share of the existing music market that independent companies own.

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