Yesterday in Port of Spain, Trinidad, I attended a major workshop, facilitated by Tom Fleming of Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) of the UK, with key stakeholders from across the CARICOM region towards developing a Business Plan for the proposed new Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit (CCIMU). We worked to prioritise the core vision, mission, governance mode, work streams and actions for the CCIMU.
According to TFCC, “the overall purpose of the CCIMU is to address the needs of the regional creative industries, while fostering creativity, developing businesses, creating opportunities and improving trade, and ensuring that the rights and obligations of stakeholders are respected and legally protected. The Business Plan is funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and commissioned by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA).”
Grand plans, but like the consultation process for our CreativeTT, this seems eerily like a fait accompli, as the persons who were not invited to the consultations—we stormed—senior and seasoned industry persons in film and music, had the most input, both critical and timely, much to the frustration of CDB officials. No presence or even knowledge of the event by CreativeTT and MusicTT persons, but Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts officials were at the head table. Creative industries looks now to be floating around from pillar to post.
As this played out, a major report was released this week on the global independent music industry, which is closer in structure to our own, more so than the standard “major label” model often cited in statistics defining our industry. Produced by the Worldwide Independent Network, WIN, a representative organisation exclusively for the worldwide independent label community, the report tells us, that WIN “has a network of local representatives from additional territories where there is no independent Trade Association in place,” including the Caribbean!
The data shortage or inaccessibility cited in the CCIMU meeting yesterday by the experts is balanced with the hope that as we build our creative industries including music, our space at the table will not be stymied by bureaucrats and technocrats. Someone is watching, and it’s for stakeholders to get to doing. Now!
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Over the course of the last year MIDiA has been working with WIN (the global indie label trade body) on a major study to define the independent sector’s contribution to the global recorded music business. The default accepted wisdom is that the indies account for something like 20% of the global revenue total. However, this […]