Year 2014

Dec 2014 :
MACP’s Silver Jubilee Anniversary Celebrations
In a historic occasion, MACP celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Royale Chulan, Damansara Hotel on 23 November 2014. This year's event witnessed a memorable and meaningful celebration, in addition to MACP's usual annual dinner and award show.

The welcoming address was delivered by En. Ahmad Izham bin Omar, MACP Vice Chairman, on behalf of Pn. Habsah Hassan. The speech highlighted the humble beginnings of MACP, its journey, activities and achievements over the years, as well as current challenges and aspirations moving forward.

The night began with a show of appreciation to licensees and MACP agent that have supported MACP since its inception. Recipients of the special appreciation awards to licensees were Pos Ad Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH), Persatuan Pengurusan Kompleks Malaysia (PPK), Malaysia Retailers Association (MRA), Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS), Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad (TV3), Yamaha Music (M) Sdn Bhd, The Hot Shoe Show & Co. Sdn Bhd, whilst the special award for long-time serving MACP agent was given to Addax Management Services.

Among the guests of honor invited to present the awards to the winners, include founding Chairman & Vice Chairman of MACP, Dato Freddie Fernandez and Mrs Beh Suat Pheng and founding members Mr. Eric Yeo and Mr. Michael John Veerapan.

Highlights of the night included a special video titled “MACP 25 Years” with performances by One Nation Emcees. Other artistes who performed that evening were Yuna, Akim - the Most Promising Young Composer award recipient, Fuying & Sam who performed the Most Performed Chinese Song “Fen Kai Yi Hou” and evergreen singer Salamiah Hassan. Aris Ariwatan and Dato Siti Nurhaliza performed some of Saari Amri’s biggest hits as a special tribute to this year’s Nadi Cipta recipient. The evening ended with DJ Fuzz, Waris, Iwere, Altimet and Joe Flizzow entertaining the audience with their current hits!

The full list of winners and awards are as follows:-

1. Most Promising Young Composer: Afiq Hakim Ahmad @ Akim Ahmad
2. Most Performed Chinese Song: Fen Kai Yi Hou (Ma Yi Teng)
3. Song with Highest Foreign Income: Tong Hua (Michael Wong)
4. Most Performed English Song: I Wanna Go (Yuna)
5. Most Performed Malay Song: Bawaku Pergi (Malique)
6. Most Performed Foreign Song: I Got a Boy (Sarah Katarina Nils Dotter, Anne S Wik, William Edward Simister, Yoo Nam Yong; sub-published by Universal Music Publishing Sdn Bhd)
7. Top Local Publisher: Luncai Emas Sdn Bhd
8. Top Publisher (Overall): EMI Music Publishing Malaysia Sdn Bhd
9. Top Lyricist: Habsah Hassan
10. Top Composer: Edry Abdul Halim @ Edry KRU
11. Nadi Cipta: Saari Amri

Special thanks to all the sponsors of this year’s lucky draw prizes and door gifts!
November 2014 :
PR campaign on TV3 and 8TV
This year witnessed some of the biggest challenges for MACP especially with regards to collecting royalties from general music users after the commencement of licensing activities by 2 licensing bodies for performers; namely RPM and PRISM since late last year.

Other factors which contributed to the collection problems were the lack of understanding amongst members of the public on how royalties contributed to a songwriter’s livelihood and MACP’s role in protecting the songwriters' rights.

To address some of these challenges, we are pleased that following discussions with the editorial team of Primeworks Studios Sdn Bhd (PWS), the content creation subsidiary of Media Prima Berhad; the following public awareness programmes focusing on MACP, the livelihood and rights of songwriters were held :-

1) Malaysia Hari Ini (MHI) @ TV3 featuring a live interview with Johan Nawawi, composer and MACP director on 10 November 2014, which focused on MACP's role in protecting the rights of songwriters;

2) 8 E-News @ 8 TV featuring live interviews with 2 top Chinese songwriters and producers; Ang Swee Giap & Tan Yen Hue on 21 November 2014 focusing on songwriters’ struggles and MACP's role and activities; and

3) Majalah Tiga @ TV3 featuring Sazali P Ramlee, Saari Amri & Johan Nawawi, which was aired on 24 November 2014 focusing on the late P Ramlee's son who is dependant on MACP’s royalties to meet his day-to-day living expenses and medical bills and Saari Amri, who remains as MACP's top 3 highest earnings composers despite the unfortunate motorcycle accident at the peak of his songwriting career in 1996.

The feedback received from the public and music users from these television programmes were positive and eye-opening for many. We thank En Ahmad Izham Omar, En Azhar Borhan and PWS's editorial team for their support in this PR campaign and hope to continue such efforts with Media Prima and other media groups, to create more public awareness about MACP and its members from time to time.

In the meantime, we hope the performers issue can be resolved amicably without further delay to avoid further negative impact on MACP’s collections.
6 Sept 2014 :
MACP Hosts Friendly Sports Tournament
MACP hosted a one-day “Sukan Persahabatan MACP 2014” on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Arena Sports @ Sentosa in Kuala Lumpur.

Over 100 players from MACP, Karyawan, Recording Performers of Malaysia (RPM), Media Prima and Astro competed in badminton, futsal, pool and darts.

Amongst MACP members and artistes who participated were Datuk Sheila Majid, Shah Slam, Cepot Jinbara, Jeff A to Z, Radhi OAG, Mimi and Jojo One Nation Emcee, Neves Pretty Ugly, Hasnol Hassan, Royce Sayaan and Gijie 6cents. It was the first time representatives from RPM took part in the annual games, which was held for the 2nd consecutive year.

Below are the winners for the various games :-
1) Badminton : Astro (gold & bronze) and MACP (silver)
2) Darts : MACP (gold), Media Prima (silver) and RPM (bronze)
3) Futsal : Astro (gold), Media Prima (silver), Karyawan/RPM (bronze)
4) Pool : Karyawan (gold), Media Prima (silver) and MACP (bronze)

With 2 golds from Badminton and Futsal, Astro became the Overall Champions in the tournament. The prizes were presented by Ms Carol Chan, MACP’s Vice Chairlady.

Artistes from Karyawan also entertained the players and supporters in a jam session held during lunch.
17 June 2014 :
At the recent 24th MACP AGM, all the 3 retiring directors, Pn Habsah Hassan, Ad Samad and Ms Jackie Poh were re-elected uncontested as Directors for another 2 years.
Other matters in the agenda which were approved included the adoption of the audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2013 and the reappointment of Messrs Ernst & Young as auditors of the company.

Before the adoption of the audited financial statements, The Chairman, Pn Habsah briefed the members on the financial performance of the Company for the year 2013; which recorded a 10% growth in its’ revenue over the previous year to touch RM50 million; with an excess income before tax of RM45.8 million.

Pn Habsah Hassan, MACP Chairman also updated members on the company’s activities during the year under review; which included new members’ briefing on 14 March 2013 and 20 June 2013 and a special briefing for members conducted in the Chinese language on the Documentation & Distribution processes of the Company on 16 November 2013.

The annual composers’ workshop, “Cipta Ekspres” was successfully held in April 2013. And for the first time, a friendly sports tournament was organised in October 2013 which was participated by representatives from the print and electronic media, Astro and Media Prima Group, artistes from Karyawan and MACP members in futsal, netball, table tennis and badminton.

The year culminated with the MACP’s Awards Nite on 24 November 2013; graced by Guest-of-Honour, YB Dato Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister of Communications & Multimedia of Malaysia and members of the media, licensees and members of MACP.

Pn Habsah also informed that MACP’s membership now stood at 3,312 with 3,185 composers and 127 publishing members. Members were also updated on their benefits; which were reviewed by MACP’s Board annually, taking into consideration the increasing membership year-on-year.

She then briefed members on the upcoming activities for this year and new developments affecting the Company. The Chairman voiced her concerns on the challenges the Company was facing with the confusion amongst music users due to 4 Licensing Bodies collecting royalties. With the increase in costs for playing music, more music users have defaulted in the payment of fees to MACP and that the impact will be more significant next year when GST is enforced.

The Company’s Articles and Association will undergo a review and amongst others, there will be an amendment to allow for only local publishers to elect for their representatives on the Board. An AGM will be held by the middle of next year for the necessary amendments in the Articles to be effective immediately thereafter.

Members were also informed that MACP will be fully implementing e-payment of royalties in its forthcoming distribution and the meeting ended in a happy note when Pn Habsah announced that the Company will distribute its royalties slightly earlier, in time for members to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year!
21 to 24 April 2014 :
Cipta Ekspres 2014
Since the first Cipta Ekspres held at Tioman Island in 1999, almost 200 composers, lyricists and arrangers have participated in this composers’ workshop which brought experienced and and promising songwriters together, with many collaborating for the first time, to compose new songs at a place away from the comfort of their homes and studios.

More than 100 songs were born from Cipta Ekspres with hits from the first Cipta Ekspres, “Di Kampung ini (Mari Menyanyi)” by Toki & Chow Kam Leong to “Ya Papa” by Taja & Hairul Anuar Harun, performed by Yazer AF, Kotarayaku by Noh Hujan, LY & Rafidah Abdullah and “Kalau Berpacaran” by Sohaimi Mior Hassan, Ana Rafalli & Altimet, remaining popular to-date. Not forgetting the year 2008, when the workshop produced 9 songs for Dato Siti Nurhaliza’s “Lentera Timur” album.

This year, marked the 10th Cipta Ekspres organized by MACP. This time, the event brought together 16 composers and lyricists such as Edry KRU, Toi AF, DJ Fuzz, Acap, Shahir Yusof, Taja, Amir Jahari, Lan Laga, Akmal Saja, Az Samad, Ayub Hashim, Mimi One Nation Emcee, Buddhi Hekayat, Eyza Bahra, Royce Saayan and Hairul Anuar Harun.

Balloting was conducted at MACP’s office wherein 8 composers were paired with one lyrcist each. Each group was then assigned arrangers engaged by MACP to complete the arrangement for the songs.

Following the call by YB Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister of Communication and Multimedia, the participants were thrown the challenge to create songs with the theme “M-Pop”.

We are very pleased that 8 songs were created from Cipta Ekspres and have immediately receive airplay in the radio stations.

The songs are :-
1) Sebuah Memori – Toi AF/Eyra Bahra
2) Imaginasiku – DJ Fuzz/Akmal Saja
3) Membunuh Benci – Acap/Hairul Anuar Harun
4) Komodor Jiwa – Shahir Yusof/Royce Saayan
5) Atasi – Taja/Az Samad
6) G.I.L.A – Edry KRU/Ayub Hashim
7) Ultras Hatiku – Amir Jahari/Buddhi Hekayat
8) Bertenanglah – Lan Laga/Mimi One Nation Emcee

A jam session showcasing the new songs was held at the pool side in Residence Desa Resort, Port Dickson on the last night of the workshop.