In her most recent role as the station manager at 947, her responsibilities included growing audiences in a market that was being disrupted by changing consumer habits and increased digital consumption of content and music.
We catch up with Thando Makhunga to find out more about her new role
Excited, optimistic, and very thankful to have the opportunity to lead Sheer into a new era as a market-leading modern African music publishing business.
My role entails leading the repositioning of the business through this transitional phase from a South African centred organisation to becoming part of a global team with Downtown Music Services. The specific focus will be on delivering world-class professional publishing services to the creative class on the continent where there is still a massive void.
I’m incredibly passionate about music so the opportunity to connect a diverse set of artists with local and global brands and seeing the work of some of our clients represented in major film, TV, or advertising campaigns is very rewarding.
In conjunction with Downtown Music Services, we will also be able to broaden markets for African creators through collaborations with artists across the globe. Africa has some of the most exciting artists in the world and to be in this industry at this time is very exciting.
Working with creatives, be it in the broadcasting or the music industry, is always challenging but invigorating. We take for granted the amount of work, talent, and at times pure creative genius that exists in this country and the continent.
I’ve loved being able to guide and support creatives to do what they do best which is to create, inspire and simply bring joy to audiences through their creative efforts.
My approach is to listen – be it to our clients, our commercial partners, and to what the market needs from a modern publishing business in a digital era and ensure that as a business we are positioned to deliver on those needs. The music industry has been heavily impacted by the pandemic and as a publisher protecting the assets of clients has never been more important. The business has a rich portfolio of library catalogues and a diverse clientele across the continent and the approach will be to unlock value across these parts of the business.
This year, Sheer will be consolidating its African business in alignment with the global Downtown Music Services growth strategy. You can expect that Sheer will be aggressive in terms of prioritizing client services and providing improved creative and sync opportunities in South Africa and across the continent for creators.
Sheer has built a formidable track record over the past 25 years with some of the most knowledgeable industry experts being part of the leadership team – this expertise, understanding of the African market, and the backing of a global business at Downtown Music Services mean that you can expect continued growth and success for the year ahead.