Local Cultural Industries Priority For BIDC

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Budding musicians and the local music fraternity will stand to benefit when the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) hosts a one-day music workshop on Friday, April 12 at the Grande Salle, Frank Collymore Hall.?? It will form part of the National Cultural Foundation’s (NCF) annual Cultural Industries Symposium under the theme e-Create Barbados.

Aimed at artistes, writers, musicians and persons interested in music and entertainment, the workshop will focus on the creative process and participants will learn how to produce songs, beat-making, lyric writing, production, melody, vocal arrangement, recording, vocal composing and mixing.?? In addition, the business component will emphasise distribution, publishing and management.

Speaking recently at a press conference to officially launch the symposium, Senior Business Development Officer at BIDC, Modou Diagne, said that the agency was pleased to partner with the NCF in providing facilitation support to the music and visual arts community.

He said: "The symposium has been a major collaborative effort between the NCF, Caribbean Export and the BIDC as an avenue to providing developmental support and opportunity to these emerging and promising sectors."

The symposium begins on Wednesday, April 10 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre and includes a contingent of Brazilian Industry experts who will share their expertise on the cultural industries.

The Senior Business Development Officer further added that the workshop was being facilitated by CW2 Music and Caribbean Rights Management and will centre on music production and the business of music taught by major business executives and producers.?? The list of facilitators includes former Chairman of EMI Music Latin America

and former President of Universal Music Brazil, Spain and Iberia, Marcello Castello Branco; Grammy Award winning producers and songwriters The Jackie Boyz along with The Monsters.

The seminar is free and persons may register by contacting Modou Diagne at the BIDC at 467-8540, or email mdiagne@bidc.org or contact workshop coordinator Teneille Doyle at 844-3381 or email tdoyle@caribbeanrights.com.??

theresa.blackman@barbados.gov.bb

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