South African Cultural Observatory

Rwanda: Government to Invest More in Creative Industry

BY 31.07.17

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. Kanimba told the members that the government recognises the importance of the creative industries in promoting the economy, especially in terms of employment. "There is a plan to inject money in the arts. Even if it's clear that the artists need support, it's important to find ways for the industry to be self-supportive. The challenge is how to achieve that," he said. Read more.

Culture deserves a bigger role in EU diplomacy

THE European Union is pushing hard for the centrality of culture on EU foreign policy because it helps prevent conflict while simultaneously promoting EU values. There is a call to create an EU cultural visa programme and exchange for young artists, to access the EU and enhance intercultural dialogue with third countries could be of benefit for EU foreign policy.  Ministers of the European Parliament (MEPs) said culture is a powerful bridge between people, helps to strengthen civil society, to prevent radicalisation and conflicts, and disseminate EU values. They note that young people should be one of the main target groups, to be reached out by music, film, street arts, social media and digital platforms channels. The resolution on an EU strategy for international cultural relations was approved by 462 votes to 137, with 58 abstentions. Read more.

Live Music Serious Business in Singapore

A RECENT Price-Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) report  – 2021 Global Entertainment and Media Outlook report – bodes well for Singapore where music is big business. The music market in Singapore has been riding on an upward trajectory — as summarized by Music Asia — and a big part of that has been the proliferation of major live concerts, along with an increasing reliance on streaming. In 2016 alone, live music in Singapore accumulated a total of US$51 million. 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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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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‘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).

SACO launches video section on website SACO launches video section on website

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has a growing body of videos showcasing not only the Department of Arts and Culture think tank, but its work, conferences and training videos.

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