MusicTT to Strengthen Industry Infrastructure with MTI Support

Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry, delivers the feature address at MusicTT’s National Stakeholder Engagement event. Photo Credit: Epidemic Studios

October 31, 2017: At its second annual National Stakeholder Engagement event on Monday 30th October, 2017, the Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT) elaborated on several flagship projects that will build and strengthen the infrastructural capacity of Trinidad and Tobago’s music sector, thereby laying the foundation for long-term commercialization. Over 200 music creatives were present at Queen’s Hall to learn more about Trinidad and Tobago’s first Live Music District in the City of Port of Spain, The Artist Portfolio Development Programme and its training arm, the Music Export Academy, and the Music Tech Platform.

Endorsing these projects was Senator the Honorable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry, who not only disclosed the strategic alignment of these projects to the critical industry success factors suggested by stakeholders, but also reaffirmed Government’s support of the creative industries as a priority sector in the national diversification thrust. “This prioritisation is indeed warranted as the creative industry possesses great potential to generate increased revenue and employment, earn foreign exchange and create export opportunities in international markets for creative products and services,” Minister stated.

Her sentiments were echoed by Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited (CreativeTT), Mr. Calvin Bijou. “As a nation, our sustained economic well-being rests with effective diversification; and effective diversification rests with clear, thoughtful and deliberate strategy.”

General Manager of MusicTT, Ms. Jeanelle Frontin, then outlined the implementation timelines and expected outcomes for each flagship project, beginning as early as December 2017 with a public music showcase; the first stage in the Artist Portfolio Development Programme. Frontin also spoke to the importance of working together to ensure industry success. “We aren’t doing this alone. We are doing this collaboratively with the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts and the city of Port of Spain. We are not working in a silo anymore. We are all going to work together to ensure that this music industry becomes more successful,” Frontin urged stakeholders.

Further information on MusicTT initiatives in the coming year can be found on MusicTT’s website, www.musictt.co.tt.  

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About the Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT)

The Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT) was established in 2014 with the mandate to stimulate and facilitate the business development and export activity of the music industry in Trinidad and Tobago to generate national wealth. As a subsidiary of Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited (CreativeTT), MusicTT provides industry-wide strategic direction and action plans toward the development of the music industry as well as guidance and access to music education and capacity development, especially in the business and monetization of local music and protection of the same. For further information, please visit www.musictt.co.tt

About the Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited (CreativeTT)

The Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited (CreativeTT) is a wholly owned State enterprise established by The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago through the Ministry of Trade and Industry. CreativeTT’s mandate is ‘to stimulate and facilitate the business development and export activities of the Creative Industries in Trinidad and Tobago to generate national wealth’ and, as such, the company is responsible for the strategic and business development of the three (3) niche areas and subsectors under its purview- Film, Fashion and Music. For further information, please visit www.creativett.co.tt

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