Our lives have changed in measurable ways thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic but Music Week, albeit in a different form, has survived the challenges. The week is again filled with virtual concerts and webinars. And during lunch time, there are concerts each day. Minister of Culture, Science and Technology, Francis Fonseca spoke on efforts his ministry is undertaking to revive and improve the industry.
Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education: “We’re having that discussion about how we can provide greater support to our musicians but you know what we need to do is to grow the music industry in Belize in a sustained way. It’s not about having concerts once a year and giving musicians a hundred dollars here and there that was the approach in the past. We have had a discussion with the Music Industry Association of Belize about coming together, let’s develop a plan and a clear strategy about how we can work together and provide meaningful sustained support to our musicians, our artists, our DJs everybody in that musical community. So we are absolutely committed to that, the board of directors of NICH is working on that plan and we hope over the next few months to put that into place. As you know the musicians like everybody else in the country have been affected by the drop in the tourism industry so everybody has been affected but we understand and appreciate the significant role that our musicians and artists play in the development of our country.”
You can find the concerts on the National Institute of Culture and History’s Facebook page.