KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
THE Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zambia Institute of Mass Communication (ZAMCOM), which will enable musicians to among other things, access the institutionâ€™s recording studio at a minimal fee.
The MoU will also give ZAM members access to ZAMCOM workshops for training programmes to be offered such as business management as well as access to other facilities such as the lodge at an affordable rate.
ZAM patron Lawrence Sikutwa, who witnessed the signing of the MoU at ZAMCOM in Lusaka on Wednesday, praised the initiative by the association.
â€œI am particularly pleased to note that under the presidency of our brother Njoya Tembo, ZAM is entering into very important strategic partnerships for the benefit of its members,â€ he said.
â€œFor instance, it is not so long ago that we witnessed the signing of an MoU with the National Arts Council for ZAM to have access to a full set of musical instruments.
â€œIt is in this regard that i wish to commend Njoya Tembo, for showing foresight and providing evident strategic leadership to ZAM for the betterment of those musicians who are its members.
â€œAccordingly, I urge all musicians in Zambia to consider joining zam as members because you are in good hands. Together with the executive team, we can achieve many great things in the music industry.â€
Sikutwa said the three fundamental pillars of the music profession are to provide information and public commentary on issues such as politics, economics, environmental and social issues, as well as technological issues through music; to educate and entertain.
â€œTo do these things, musicians require a lot of resources including financial and material resources,â€ he said.
Sikutwa sees the signing of the MoU as a turning point in creating music as an important and respected industry in the country.
â€œMusic and the arts can make a very important contribution to creating employment for sustainable livelihoods in Zambia and therefore, Government must take an interest to make ZAMCOM a centre of excellence for music to flourish into a viable industry in Zambia,â€ he said.
â€œThe corporate world should also emulate ZAMCOM and the national arts council. Music and art can effectively advance the interests of the corporates and profitably. So, the corporate world should come on board not just for jingles but to also partner with musicians to write, produce and promote music.
â€œThese are profitable ventures. Corporates should also sponsor music concerts as a social benefit. Organisations such as Stanbic Bank have shown that this is possible. I, therefore, urge other corporates to seriously think about the benefits of partnering with ZAM.â€
KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka