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May 9, 2012

Developing methods for artists to earn in their profession

Jackie Castillo

From musicians to dancers, painters to writers and everything in between; there is no shortage of talent in Belize. What is lacking, however, is a proper structure and measures to help the artists to make a living off their trade. But the Institute of Creative Arts is hoping to change that with its Artists in Development Program. It started in January 2011 with a seminar that brought together over seventy artists to discuss ways to build the creative arts industry. According to Creative Industry Development Officer, Jackie Castillo, ICA’s initiatives that are in the works include a new film policy and more importantly a database that will connect artists with business prospects. According to Castillo, those will all be discussed at the Artists in Development Consultation Tour, which opens on Thursday.


Jackie Castillo, Creative Industry Development Officer, ICA

“The Artists in Development Tour is a continuation of the Artists in Development Seminar that we had last year. What the Institute of Creative Arts is doing is we’re bringing together artists so we can discuss how you can take your talent and make it into something sustainable like a business and we’re looking at ways in which you can do this. So what we’re focusing on tomorrow evening is to talk to artists about enhancing their professional development as an artist, how to put together your press kit, what services are available for you out there, what is the benefit of being a part of the artist registry because NICH is looking into creating an artist registry because we want people to know what type of artists we have here in the country, we want them to know what services they offer, what works they have and how they can be employed by being a part of the database.”


Delahnie Bain

“So this is open to all different types of artists?”


Jackie Castillo

“The consultation tour tomorrow is open to all artists. We call it a consultation tour because we won’t just be doing it in Belize City; next week we go to PG and Dangriga, the week after we go to Benque and San Ignacio and the week after that we go to Orange Walk, Corozal and San Pedro. This tour will also provide associations such as the Belize Society for composers and authors and publishers to discuss issues about copyright in Belize, how you can protect yourself, how you can protect your work. We’re also working with the music industry association of Belize to look at a five year plan of where we want to take Belizean music, how we can brand our Belizean music and market it to the Caribbean so that artists can start making money off of what they do. We’re also working with the Belize Audio Visual Industry Association so if you’re a cameraman, if you’re someone who produces shows, if you’re someone who does film; if you’re interested in dabbling in making Belizean films, we’re also doing a presentation on the film policy that we’re developing. So a lot of what we’re going to be discussing is how we can develop the creative industry of Belize.”


The Artists in Development Consultation Tour starts at five-thirty on Thursday evening at the House of Culture. Entrance is free and attendees can sign up to be included in the artist registry.

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3 Responses for “Developing methods for artists to earn in their profession”

  1. O says:

    I dont understand what these people want,the intention is good from Jackie’s explanation but the results are lousy,for example at age 17 I was once in the early struggle as musician and artist working hard to perfect my talent and was told to keep up the work now at 36 Im more skilled bringing far more than just vocalizing or playing an instrument.Ive been contacted by these same people to provide professional services they need as I now own entire band instrument,own and operate a professional level sound system yet I was turned down many times because they say Im too expensive, I clearly cant understand that as the prices after expenses only leave you with about $300 dollars,that money wont even replace a single mic as qualified mics start at about $450.My point of this is when ask by younger upcoming talents about these programs should I explain to them that these programs are perfect when you are young and own nothing and cant demand anything,that it seems that is what they want so they can be funded at all times by showing how great they are helping the struggling talents but as soon as you get better and start investing on your tools to work ,you will be too expensive or they simply cant afford your price?

  2. heat says:

    O, you have all that, but have u ever thought about sharing and not profiting for the better of others?

  3. Brightman says:

    Very good point…we need to strive for excellence in all areas, and music is no exception. Unless we realize the value, the worth of quality musicianship and are willing to invest and support our own musicians, and pay them accordingly, no projects, programs, or anything of the kind will work…it starts with NICH and those established in the music industry (and other arts) to educate the different sectors, AND promote and support these very artists, amateurs and professionals alike!!

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