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Nigeria Grants some creative industries tax break

BY 01.09.17

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. The 'Pioneer Status' is granted to companies making investments in qualifying industries and products as tax holiday from the payment of corporate income tax and withholding tax on dividend from pioneer profits for an initial period of three years, extendable for one or two additional years. Read more.

Nigeria ready for creative industry investments

NIGERIA: The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said Nigeria was ready to receive investors in the creative industry, having created the enabling environment for investments through favourable economic policies. He sais this when he received a delegation from Huaxia Movie Distribution Group, the second biggest movie distributors in China, on a courtesy visit to his office. “We have a very determined administration  that believes in diversification. We have been preparing ourselves to  sanitize the market so we are tackling the issue of piracy. Our programme on digitization is moving very well. So this is the  right time for anybody to really come and invest in Nigeria,” he said,  adding that the Chinese investors have come on the cusp of a revolution in the Creative Industry.  Alhaji Mohammed welcomed the Chinese movie group’s proposal to invest  in some critical aspects of the Creative Sector, including the  establishment of cinema houses, studios and exhibition centres. In his remarks, the Chief Executive of Huaxia Movie Distribution Group, Mr. Wei Bian, said his company wants to be part of the future of Nigerian movie industry, because of its bright prospect not only in Africa but on the world stage. Read more.

 

Creative Workers Claim to be Happiest at Work

UNITED STATES: Staffing firm Robert Half finds that creative employees are happier at work than those in more traditional industries, although ‘buttoned up’ industries can be incubators of happiness, too. A recent survey by staffing firm Robert Half’s found more than 12,000 U.S. and Canadian workers in creative positions reported the highest levels of on-the-job satisfaction and interest in their work, compared to employees in the accounting and finance, administrative, legal and tech fields. “Creatives like their jobs more because that’s the direction they are taking with their career,” Synoga said. “Other people in finance jobs and similar fields may have fallen into the jobs instead of having a really guided point to what they wanted to do.” Company culture is a big part of happiness, too. In a separate survey, The Creative Group, a smaller marketing division of Robert Half, asked 400 U.S. marketing and creative employees to describe their office culture in one word. Creative workers said their culture is friendly, family and diverse. Read more.

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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Diversity & the decolonisation of SA’s creative industries Diversity & the decolonisation of SA’s creative industries

IT WAS Youth Month in June – and a time for critical reflection on the role the youth, a perennial target of and key player in the creative and cultural industries (CCI).

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African art racks up $4m at Sotheby’s auction, but is it good for the continent? African art racks up $4m at Sotheby’s auction, but is it good for the continent?

IN celebration of #AfricaDay and #AfricaMonth we focus on some news emanating from the continent and its scholars.

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Beyoncé launches scholarship to support young women in the arts Beyoncé launches scholarship to support young women in the arts

BEYONCE has unveiled her ‘Formation Scholars’, a new scholarship announced on the one-year anniversary of Lemonade to support young woman in the arts.

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Special Award recipients at 20th BASA Awards Special Award recipients at 20th BASA Awards

HUMAN rights activist Justice Albie Sachs, the Swiss cultural centre Pro Helvetia, and law firm Webber Wentzel have been honoured with BASA Special Awards.

SAFEIC Calculator Video Tutorial Now Available SAFEIC Calculator Video Tutorial Now Available

The South African Cultural Observatory is excited to announce the release of a training video on the use of the SAFEIC Calculator. The South African Festivals Economic Impact Calculator (SAFEIC) is a free online tool developed by the South African Cultural Observatory specifically for cultural festival and event organisers so they can track the economic impact of their events. The SAFEIC is designed to be used to estimate the economic impact of a festival on a host economy. It has been carefully, and conservatively, designed so as to produce results that are as reliable and valid as possible for a wide range of events – provided the data that is inputted is as accurate as possible.

Three Solo shows: Turiya Magadlela, Bronwyn Katz and Herman Mbamba At Blank Projects Three Solo shows: Turiya Magadlela, Bronwyn Katz and Herman Mbamba At Blank Projects

RELOCATED to larger premises in Woodstock, Blank Projects is a wonderful space for art. In this premier show, three artists present distinct methods and processes that may be understood in various ways. Magadlela’s “Wabana lapho isifebe, wangena kuso” employs pantyhose on canvas to great effect; Katz uses bed wiring and Mbamba uses acrylics within the context of torn pages from Norwegian fashion magazines.

19 Days in September: Steve Biko Exhibition 19 Days in September: Steve Biko Exhibition

AN exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of the death and immediate aftermath of the murder of Steve Biko by security police in South Africa in September 1977, opened in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, on Tuesday 12 September at noon.

Youth Expression Festival 2018 call out Youth Expression Festival 2018 call out

THE South African State Theatre’s Education, Youth and Children Theatre (EYCT) Department will be celebrating the 10th Youth Expressions Festival in 2018. In celebrating a decade of staging young people’s professional work, and commemorating the struggles fought by the youth of 1976, professional young art practitioners are invited to propose their work of art to be part of the festival, which will be divided into the Main and Fringe programs.

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