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Music Week 2017, the business of music high on the agenda Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

Belize’s Music Ambassador along with artists including Coconobway, Jackie Castillo, TY and Unlimited, officially launched Music Week 2017 on Monday May 15. This is the second year that music week is being observed. It will feature a number of activities including conferences on copyright laws, a public and private sector dialogue with the directorate of foreign trade, presentations by MIAB’s James Sanker, a music in schools rally, an open mic night as well as free concerts on Friday and Saturday.

According to Barrow, the week is really a platform to highlight Belizean musicians especially because of the way they are undervalued in Belize. He added that the conferences will also be an avenue to educate artists on copyright as well as interactions with the tourism sector to promote music as a tourism asset. These will also highlight music as a business and look at ways in which the private sector can invest in music as an asset.

Last year, Coconobway had the opportunity of participating in Music Week and he is doing so again this week. He said that it was a great experience for him and he expects that his participation this year will be even better. This week he said allows him to keep on promoting creole culture pushing his music that last year alone brought him 3 awards.

Up and coming artist, TY, said that his participation in Music Week will allow him to better promote the need for copyright enforcement. He said that artists getting paid is absolutely necessary for the music’s survival. For his part Unlimited, said that last year he participated as an unknown but this year it is different as he is now being put on a more serious level as an artist. Jackie Castillo explained that Music Week for her will allow the promotion of music as a business and will allow for artists to be encouraged to take it as such. She added that it will also give an opportunity to encourage the public’s support for artists as well as allow for the artists themselves to network to get more out of their music.

But this year, the elephant in the room is the copyright push where artist are now being more aware of their right to get paid. Coconobway stated that he sees copyright as his retirement plan where he is expecting to get royalties from the music which he produces. Unlimited stressed that it is important for artists to recognize that they need to get paid since artists struggle daily to make ends meet. For his part, Shyne Barrow explained that this is the kind of reaction he wants where the country is at a turning point where artists are not only recognized but are actually paid through copyright royalties.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 May 2017 14:02