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Biz of Music Series Closes with Seminar on Accessing International Markets

The Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies (ACCS), in partnership with the Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Producers (COSCAP) reminds stakeholders and the public of the final seminar in the pilot for the Business of Music series on Accessing International Markets for Music. This seminar will focus provide practical application of the material learned in the earlier seminars and provide participants with concrete examples and best practices in internationalizing the music business. Sessions will be held on identifying and leveraging international networks; preparing for international profession industry events including as delegates and/or showcasing artists; best practices for performers and managers when participating in international music festivals; and do’s and don’ts on the international promotion of music.

The seminar will also look at and will involve one-on-one coaching and mentoring sessions for select SMEs in the music sector in Barbados for finalizing business and export plans for their music businesses as well as to start the process of preparing for participation in an international music trade event in 2017. Three to four persons will be selected from this group based on the overall quality and objectives of their business plans to undertake a six month business incubation pilot conducted jointly by the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) and COSCAP

Key session presenters include Mr Frank Klaffs CEO and Miss Christine Semba, Director of Consultancy and Special Project at Piranha Arts Ag., an independent creative company with music as its driving force and more than 25 years of experience as cultural innovators, technical developers, curators, partners and multipliers. The company organizes and hosts, among others, the globally renowned WOMEX international music festival.

The Business of Music Seminar series is being piloted in Barbados with financed support from the Caribbean Development Bank. It is designed to equip stakeholders with the skills necessary to succeed in building viable music businesses and to operate in international markets. It is envisioned that participants will gain an understanding of challenges likely to be encountered in the music industry, and provide effective strategies on how to overcome constraints.

The seminar on Accessing International Markets for Music will be held from the 26th to the 30th September, 2016 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, in Barbados. For more information on the seminar or the wider series please visit the websites or Facebook pages of the Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies (ACCS) (; COSCAP (, or the Caribbean Development Bank (

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