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SSDF Launches Business Of Music Accelerator Program


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As part of the ministry’s efforts to address social issues that impede youth development, the Saint Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF), in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is providing funding in the form of grants for the implementation of the Youth Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship (YEETE) Project.

Executed through the Basic Needs Trust (BNTF), the project aims to transform and stimulate youth entrepreneurship through the musical arts. The program launched on May 26, 2022.

The Business of Music Accelerator program is the second component of the YEETE project and targets singers, composers, arrangers, musicians, producers, promoters and those engaged in the marketing of music.

Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment Hon. Joachim Henry applauded the SSDF for this bold undertaking, saying the timing was right. “I believe this practical and useful intervention comes at a time when the government is looking to improve livelihoods and meet the needs of families. The government also recognizes the need to address vulnerabilities.

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The program will run for 8 weeks through a virtual platform hosted by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), with additional resources provided by the European Union (EU). The online platform will host live tutoring and provide participants with an overview of each module before the start and a summary summary towards the end of each module.

Recalling his own upbringing, Minister Henry highlighted the impact of music on the growth and development of stable societies. “As an artist, I would say when you listen to sounds in communities, we want to hear the sounds of music instead of the gunshots, we want to hear the sound of the pan, the singing and the sound of the good music instead of a crying mother. Music as an art adds key dimensions to life that other secular professions lack,” Henry noted.

The Music Business Acceleration Program was launched in the presence of the Minister of Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture and Information, Hon. Guibion ​​Ferdinand and Minister of Trade, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs Hon. Emma Hippolyte.

Source: Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment. Main photo: Minister Joachim Henry speaks with journalists at the launch of Music Accelerator.

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