A joint UN project is supporting SDG by improving livelihoods, social protection, human rights, and resilience of vulnerable communities via economic diversification and digital transformation.
The project mainly focuses on supporting policy development that will allow musicians to operate in a more enabling environment as well as look into capacity-building gaps and how this should be addressed locally by relevant bodies.
In advancing the above, a hybrid inception meeting hosted by the UNESCO Regional Office based in Apia, Samoa aimed to support the development of the Music Industry in Fiji.
The hybrid meeting was hosted by the UNESCO Regional Office, Apia, facilitated by the Culture Programme Specialist, Ms. Ellen Lekka in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Heritage and Arts, and the Fiji Arts Council on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023 at Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.
The aim of this session was to acquire a better understanding of the music industry and the actual situation regarding the music ecosystem in Fiji. Participants included key stakeholders and representatives from relevant government and non-government organisations and the local music industry.
A free-flowing discussion by the stakeholders sharing their insights and experiences within Fiji’s music ecosystem. The discussion covered various topics such as policies and regulations, grants and funding, professional development and awareness, tourism, remuneration, and accessibility.
The expected and aspirational outcomes at the conclusion of this meeting in identifying known challenges and strengths and the key areas of focus related to Fiji’s music industry.
This would be instrumental in defining the focus and putting together a work plan for implementing this project in Fiji’s context with the support of relevant partners at the national and regional levels.