Costa Rica’s music sector strengthened its capacities on associativity

More than 50 people from the Costa Rican music sector participated in the second training module carried out virtually in the framework of the “Música FFWD” project. This project, implemented by UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture and Youth of Costa Rica, is part of the UNESCO – European Union cooperation programme for the strengthening of cultural governance and the promotion of South-South cooperation.

This module, which took place between 11 and 14 May, is the second in a series of 4 training activities planned between April and July 2021. The first module was carried out in April and focused on exploring the music ecosystem in Costa Rica. This second module addressed the theme of associativity, one of the main pillars of the project. Promoting the creation of networks and associations is a key factor to strengthening the competitiveness of the sector.

This module featured presentations by international specialists Diego Knoblovits from Argentina, Eddy Gómez from Colombia, Noemí Planas from Spain, Oliver Knust, Francisca Sandoval and Noela Salas from Chile. All the speakers have extensive experience in the music industry in their countries and internationally. Their participation allowed them to deepen their knowledge on the importance of associativity for the growth of the sector at local, regional and global level, as well as to learn about the experiences of independent record labels. The last session of the module consisted of a space for work and reflection on associative models.

The “Música FFWD” project is part of a technical assistance programme of UNESCO and the European Union to support new regulatory frameworks for cultural and creative industries, the strengthening of cultural policies and the promotion of South-South cooperation. Costa Rica is one of twelve countries selected worldwide to benefit from this technical assistance, which seeks to contribute to countries having sound cultural policies in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

The next training modules are as follows:

  • June: Digital content: curation and digital music
  • July: Business models