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Reddy Reaffirms Support For Music Group

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy, yesterday handed over a sponsorship cheque of $5000 to the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA). This is the fourth year the
25 Apr 2017 11:42
Reddy Reaffirms Support For Music Group
Minister for Education Heritage and Arts Mr Mahendra Reddy hands the sponsorship cheque to the FPRA Charman Mr Eremasi Tamanisau. On the left is Seru Serevi. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy, yesterday handed over a sponsorship cheque of $5000 to the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA).

This is the fourth year the Ministry has sponsored the FPRA Music Awards 2017 for the Best Recording Artist.

Mr Reddy said they would look at organising a music festival this year in support of the local artists.

Mr Reddy said: “We are looking at a festival of music so in that we will look at getting artist of different age, different ethnicity and different genres because we want this thing to grow.

“There is huge opportunity for music cutting across different ethnic groups and using music to level the playing fields. So this year let’s see if we can organise a festival of music then I think we can do something bigger next year.

“This is a small support that we want to make to this group and I want to let you know that we want to double this next year but we want to see visible output of how new young artist are brought into the field.

“No longer music is just a leisure activity, music is now an industry and we can provide music support to a number of industries.”

The chairman of the association, Eremasi Tamanisau, acknowledged the support of the Ministry and encouraged people to look at music as a career.

“There are only a limited number of employable positions in the industries but there is nothing that can stop them from following this alternative career path in the field of music and arts.

“As the saying goes it is a sign of maturity for a society to see that music and arts are developed,” said Mr Tamanisau.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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