A nation’s music industry is far more than simply a community of its musicians. It is shaped by how music is broadcast on the airwaves, how it is taught in schools and how musicians are supported through royalty collection and government investment. These factors are typically governed by law – specifically cultural policies governing a country’s creative industries. Without clear, well-considered and effectively implemented laws, musicians face an uncertain future. For this reason we have selected Cultural Policy as our theme for the month of August 2016.
We have compiled a selection of overview texts covering cultural policy in various African nations, including Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zambia and Kenya. Together with selected features and news articles on the subject, these texts offer some insight into how Africa’s lawmakers are working on formulating policies to guide their countries' music industries.
- Zimbabwe’s cultural policy
- Rwanda’s cultural policy
- Malawi’s cultural policy
- Ethiopia’s cultural policy
- Cultural policy in Swaziland
- Zambia’s cultural policy
- Zimbabwe drafts new policy for Performing Arts education
- Kenya’s new music policy faces backlash from industry experts
- Kenya's National Music Policy now ready
- Forum reveals progress and concerns facing Kenya’s music policy
- 90% local music for SABC radio: key talking points
- Nigerian music body battles pirates with anti-corruption agency