MANILA, Philippines – Artists from the music industry have lauded President Aquino‘s marching order to strictly enforce Executive Order 255, which requires all radio stations to play at least 4 locally produced songs per hour.
In support for this cause, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) recently launched KBP Pop Music Festival, a songwriting contest for both amateur and professional composers.
KBP believes that the contest will revive the local music industry just like in the 70s.
The top 500 entries will mandatorily be played on air on various radio stations.
The KBP Pop Music Festival will help discover new Filipino artists. It will also resolve the issue of the lack of new original Filipino pop compositions.
It is estimated that around 60% of local albums of popular singers nowadays like the ones of Jovit Baldivino, Jed Madela and Christian Bautista, contain revivals of foreign songs.
Filipino singer Noynoy Zuniga said local artists revive English songs because of its cheaper copyright, which is only P5,000. This is in comparison to the copyright of OPM classics, which range from P10,000 to P15,000.
Zuniga therefore appeals to lower down the price of OPM songs so as to increase the volume of OPM material that could be aired on radio and be used by new artists.
With the positive response from various music publishers to Zuniga’s plea and with the KBP’s Pop Music Competition that is now underway, the local music industry is hopeful that OPM music will be able to reclaim its reign.
The deadline of submission of entries for the KBP Pop Music Competition will be on November 15.