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Beyoncé launches scholarship to support young women in the arts

BY 26.04.17

USA: Beyoncé has unveiled her ‘Formation Scholars’, a new scholarship announced on the one-year anniversary of Lemonade to support young woman in the arts. The scholarships are for women studying creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies and aim to ‘encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.’  The first four scholarships will be awards for the 2017-2018 school year. Participating universities and colleges include Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College. The scholarship would ‘encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.’ Read more.

 

UK Creative Industries Council Unveils Growth Strategy

LONDON: The industry members of the UK's Creative Industries Council (CIC) have identified five key areas as part of a new strategy to maintain and grow the UK’s position as a world leader for the creative industries. Launched to industry and Government at an event attended by Vince Cable Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Equalities, hosted by Facebook, the strategy - for the first time - unites the creative industries and identifies the significant role the sector will continue to play in the UK’s economic recovery. It acknowledges that creative industries generated more than £71 billion gross value added in 2012 – a 9.4 per cent increase between 2011 and 2012 that surpasses the growth of any other UK industry sector. These includes support for 1.71 million jobs and creation of 890,000 people in other sectors as part of the creative economy. Read more.

 

Four key trends of African design in 2017/18

CAPE TOWN: WGSN, a London trend forecasting company for fashion and creative industries, held a recent press event in Cape Town to unveil the four key trends that will be at the forefront of African design in 2017 and 2018. “The African retail value chain has been significantly disrupted over the past few years and retailers and suppliers need to have a clear point of differentiation and confidence in their design execution,” says Hannari Slabbert, WGSN regional director for Africa. “Added to that is a complex consumer mix who are increasingly influenced by international media and expect a contemporary offering in-store. In 2017, we are significantly expanding our trend content across Africa, focusing on the important social and style movements coming from this continent to help customers make profitable creative decisions to stay ahead of these challenges.” Read more.

Creative industries grew twice as fast as UK economy in 2015-16 Creative industries grew twice as fast as UK economy in 2015-16

UNITED KINGDOM: The creative industries grew at twice the rate of the wider economy in 2015-16, new British government statistics have claimed. Now worth £91.8 billion in terms of gross value added to the UK, the sector grew by 7.6% over the year, while the economy as a whole grew by 3.5% in the same period.

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Creative Economy Gender Pay Gap Report Illustrates Severity of Wage Imbalance Creative Economy Gender Pay Gap Report Illustrates Severity of Wage Imbalance

SAN FRANCISCO: New data from HoneyBook shows that, simply stated, women creatives need to charge more for their services and match their male counterparts. HoneyBook, the business management platform for entrepreneurs in creative industries, recently released the first-ever report dedicated entirely to the gender pay gap among self-employed creative professionals.

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Nigeria Grants some creative industries tax break Nigeria Grants some creative industries tax break

NIGERIA: THE Nigerian federal government has granted 'Pioneer Status' to the creative industry, in a landmark move aimed at transforming the industry to a creative economy and creating jobs. In a statement at the end of August 2017, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the decision to grant the industry 'Pioneer Status' is in fulfilment of the promise made by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the opening of the Creative Industry Financing Conference in Lagos 17-18 July 2017.

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Rwanda: Government to Invest More in Creative Industry Rwanda: Government to Invest More in Creative Industry

THE Rwandan Government wants to reap more from its creative and cultural industries and this week (Jul 2017) indicated that it plans to inject more funds into the industry. This according to Minister for Trade, Industry, and East African Affairs, Francois Kanimba, who addressed members of the creative and cultural arts industry drawn from different countries around the world in a workshop organised by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) in Kigali.

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Cape Town Carnival spinoffs in excess of R40m - report Cape Town Carnival spinoffs in excess of R40m - report

THE increasingly popular Cape Town Carnival is generating economic benefits for the city and creative industries, alongside social cohesion and stimulation of the creative economy.

‘Youth are missing major opportunities in creative sector’ ‘Youth are missing major opportunities in creative sector’

SOUTH AFRICAN youth are unaware of the job opportunities available in the creative and cultural industries (CCIs).

#SACOCOnf2018: Going beyond #SACOCOnf2018: Going beyond

WELCOME to the conference edition of the newsletter. This month we moved swifly to launch the SACO's 2018 Conference website, announce the conference theme, issue out a call for papers, and open registration. We have a very exciting international conference coming up that is both forward and backward looking as we seek of view 'Beyond the Creative Economy: Trends and Issues in National and Regional Economies’.

SAMRO bursaries help young musos live their dreams SAMRO bursaries help young musos live their dreams

THE SAMRO Foundation has cemented its commitment to investing in South African music by awarding five special bursaries to high-calibre students.

Call for nominees to serve on The Market Theatre Foundation Council Call for nominees to serve on The Market Theatre Foundation Council

IN TERMS of the Cultural Institutions Act, 1998 (Act 119 of 1998), the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa invites members of the performing arts (Playhouse/Theatre) fraternity and the general public to nominate persons to serve as members of Council of the Market Theatre Foundation (Cultural Institution).

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