webster shamu media.jpgMusicians have been called upon to take advantage of the country’s indigenisation and empowerment policy by organising themselves and devising systems on how to run their sector in ways which play a meaningful role in the countrys socio-economic development.

The call was made by musicians patron, who is also the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity, Cde Webster Shamu at an arts and crafts advocacy workshop in Harare.

In a speech read on his behalf by the deputy director in his Ministry, Mr Simbarashe Tavengerwei, Cde Shamu urged all the artists from different genres to take advantage of the country’s empowerment and indigenisation programme by devising systems of how to run their artistic businesses.

Zimbabwe Union of Musicians members who attended the workshop said there is a need for the sector to come up with a committee of artists from all subsectors so that they could document information that would be used to lobby government to help fund the industry.

The one-day workshop, which drew participants from all the countrys provinces, was attended by arts practitioners from the film, theatre, music, literary and visual arts sector.

It looked at some of the challenges facing the arts industry and how they can be addressed. The seminar was hosted by the National Manpower Advisory Council.