THE EDITOR, Sir:
The anti-gang legislation seeks to regulate the antisocial comments and behaviour from our songwriters and singers who are influential mind-shapers of the society.
There has been an aura of bad boy surrounding the music industry for a long time - the idea that you have to surround yourself with unsavoury character, drugs, alcohol and sex. This stems from a number of misconceptions and untruths.
This type of character has long been a stereotype and nothing more. The world has changed in terms of what people listen to.
It's all about business now and, as an artiste, you want to portray an image that is acceptable from the first moment. You need to be professional. Take time to learn about copyright laws and contracts that are available and how to monetise your music. Knowledge and a list of contacts will make you more appealing to the music industry.
Oftentimes music executives will not want to waste their time teaching artistes everything. If you know the basics, you will be one step ahead of everyone else.
If you simply take time to understand the world of music and write and compose positive and creative lyrics, and display a professional attitude, you will realise that you'll have an easier time getting known and making money.
Mona, St Andrew