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Jun 16, 2015

NICH to Formulate Plan for Music Industry

NICH, through the Institute of Creative Arts, has embarked on formulating a five year plan to develop the music industry in Belize. Since April of this year, an international consultant has been meeting with key stakeholders of the music and entertainment industry, including artists, promoters, government bodies and independent groups, in an effort to document critical areas that are lacking, as well as strengths that must be developed and utilized. Since the consultations, one thing is clear, Belize has unique selling points, but what we lack is turning our industry in a fully fledged business. Today, at the Belize Music and Entertainment Industry Development Initiative project, Lloyd Stanbury explains the key findings.


Lloyd Stanbury

Lloyd Stanbury, Consultant

“The strengths first, Belizean music is very diverse and there is a tremendous amount of creativity when it comes to not just music, but music in particular and it is a very strong point for Belizean music. I am talking about music that is coming out from the people of Belize and not what they are copying from others. And I also think that Belize is in a very unique place, culturally and geographically. Because culturally you are probably the only country where half of your population speaks Spanish and half speak English, roughly. It is also the ideal place geographically, located between Caribbean and Central America. I think that is a significant advantage to be capitalized on. The biggest weakness that I have identified is the lack of understanding of what the business of music really is about; the fact that there is enough emphasis placed on things like copy right law, contracts generally and entertainment contracts in particular which is what dominates the music and entertainment industry. It is built on law and if you don’t pay enough attention to putting that part of it in place then you are going to have a difficult time ahead in developing an industry. I have found that the Belizeans who are involved, both from the creative private sector, as well as those who should support in Government have not placed sufficient emphasis on the legal aspects of the business of entertainment and music. The copy right laws, the importance of it; the fact that music has value and someone owns it; someone should be compensated when it is used; who are the owners; how do people share when they work together; what rights do they have. A significant amount of work needs to be done in informing and educating both the persons who are making music and using music to move it forward.”

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1 Response for “NICH to Formulate Plan for Music Industry”

  1. CEO says:

    These laws and documents already exist in the world. We do not need to reinvent the wheel, we just need to tweak existing international standards to make them applicable to our unique culture where necessary and adopt them into our laws.

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