Music festival workshops remain useful for federation’s musicians, says Williams

The workshop will be held over two days, on 24th and 26th June, at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, and will feature Arturo Tappin, the jazz instrumentalist and Roy Cape of Trinidad and Tobago’s soca fame.

Williams told that all schools on St. Kitts and Nevis with a music program have been targeted, but he confirmed that adults will participate, as has been the case over the years of hosting the annual Music Festival Workshop.

Speaking of the benefits to be derived from the workshop, Williams indicated that over the past 10 years, many have been positively impacted.

Williams said, “There have been persons who attended the workshops over the years, who were able to gain knowledge, or able to get ideas that they capitalized on and today they are now executing them. There are some persons who were able, because of being on the workshop and being with the artiste, to be on stage with the artiste, and I have seen some who attended workshops, already have been performing at the Music Festival.”

He explained that the exposure of young persons to performing artistes, giving them an opportunity to ask questions, to get to know about the experience of being involved in the music industry and to get insights on playing techniques is important for their development.

Importantly he said, “At the end of the Music Festival, we can say we got something more than just going to a show… It’s not just about playing the music. Participants get information about the business, doing contracts, the whole music industry, so anybody interested in music, whether as a manager, a writer, composer, or singer, the workshop is for them.”

While no details could be given at this time, Williams informed that the Department of Culture is working on a cultural policy that “should be in place by the end of the year”.  That policy, he said, will be helpful to the artistes in the federation by “addressing issues such as copyright protection, duty-free entry on musical equipment, the use of the Internet as a sales conduit, as well as other matters that help the development of a music industry in the federation”.

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