Music Industry Professionals benefited from targeted workshops covering Intellectual Property Rights, Touring Concerts & Merchandising, Entertainment Law, Music Publishing, Artist Management Development & Brand Marketing, and the Caribbean Music Industry

The MoENT hosted two free training workshops for creatives in the music industry which addressed several practical areas to aid our creatives in monetizing their talents.

The first of these – a half-day session was held on 21st May 9am – 12pm which MoENT and was hosted in collaboration with the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization (ECCO) – offered an introduction to Intellectual Property Rights and more specifically their applicability to the music sector.  This session was facilitated by Jihan Williams, Registrar of the Intellectual Property Office in St. Kitts, and Fabien Alfonso a Copyright and Related Rights Advisor and Educator from Trinidad & Tobago.  Both facilitators for this training are experts in their respective fields and imparted a wealth of knowledge to the participants. This session was conducted as hybrid session which gave persons the choice between joining in-person at the National ICT Center or virtually via Zoom.

The second workshop consisted of four half-day sessions running from 23rd May to 26th May 9am – 1pm daily and was also held at the National ICT Center. Top regional and international industry professionals shared their expertise to demonstrate vital elements that will aid music creatives to better grasp the various commercial aspects of the music industry.

There was a total of 7 facilitators for the second workshop led by Ivan Berry a Canadian-based Music Business Executive.  The other facilitators were Derek Wilkie a music publishing, copyright & performing rights executive, Max Gousse a USA music business executive, Davon Carty a live performance & touring executive, Spencer Mussellam a global digital distribution executive for Believe Digital Canada Inc, Njeri Taitt a social media marketing & brand executive and Marlie Hall a Haitian American Media Executive & Consultant.

Creatives from both workshops expressed profound gratitude to the ministry and the facilitators saying it was an eye-opening experience which certainly be useful as they forge their careers in the music industry