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Government to put up measures to spice up the music industry

12 August 2015, 21:56

Nairobi - Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts, Dr Hassan Wario has said that the government is put in place measures to boost the music industry.

A national strategy that will protect and preserve local creativity is one of the issues the CS said the government is working on during  the unveiling of the Kenya National Music Policy at a Nairobi hotel.

Wario added that the national music board should be put in place to provide policy to the government and impliment ones that are already in place.

He noted that it is necessary for the national music tribunal to be put in place to receive and resolve all disputes emerging from the young and promising industry for it to have chances of employing many youths.

“The economic value of music to the country is beginning to be better understood and promoted. Through music, Kenyan youths have been able to get engaged in gainful employment as well uniting all Kenyans for one course.”

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The CS also said that a development fund for the music industry should be established to enable Kenyan music entrepreneurs go on with their business without financial constraints.

“Despite the vibrant creativity and resilience among our Kenyan artists, the Kenyan music industry has continued to lag behind because of lack of a clear roadmap on where we want this industry to go. The lack of a proper working mechanism has made it hard for our musicians to fully reap the benefits of their hard work as well as limiting their scope in distribution of their works,” Dr. Wario said.

The official publication of the National Music Policy is a culmination of the work of a taskforce that was formed by the government in 2007 to engage the public on what they feel needs to be done in order to improve the industry.

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