MUSIGA begins training workshop

The Rector of National Film and Television Institute, NAFTI, Prof Linus Abraham has described the Creative Arts as the next horizon of economic development for nations.

He noted that the Creative Arts has to move from petty industries to a fully fledged industry. To achieve this there is the need for conscious development of policy and this will not happen in a vacuum.

Prof Abraham therefore called on MUSIGA to provide leadership for the Creative Industries to lobby government to achieve this.

He was speaking at the opening of a training workshop which is part of a series being organized by MUSIGA with support from the Business Development Services Fund of the Ministry of Trade under the auspices of SNV.

Prof Abraham indicated that in addition to the conscious development of policies by government, there is the need for the development of facilities in the sector coupled with professionalism through education.

To this end, he mentioned a collaboration with MUSIGA for the establishment of a MUSIGA
Academy Recording Arts Department in NAFTI which should be fully operational by 2014.

On his part, the Fund Manager for BDSF, Eric Agyare noted that the capacity of the music industry to absorb the many youths it is attracting depends on the quality of leadership the union provides hence their support to equip the leaders with the requisite skills.

The CEO of Dibest Consult Chani Otuteye indicated that the training will be practical to ensure that the skills acquired will be relevant to the leaders of the Union.

MUSIGA President Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour expressed the Union’s gratitude for the support by BDSF and urged the participants to impart whatever skills they acquire to their members in the region.

He also recapped MUSIGA’s activities during the first quarter of the year. These include the Stakeholders Forum, Ghana Music Week and a working visit by some MUSIGA leaders to the UK for discussions with the British Musicians Union over the Twinning Agreement between the two unions as well as a training program for Music industry workers in partnership with the British Council and the Kofi Annan ICT Center.

Participants at the workshop include National Executives, Regional executives and staff of the Union.