COSME Supports Aruba's Export Industry in Music

Oranjestad, Aruba, September 25, 2017 – Recognising Aruba is full of musical talent, consisting of individuals keen to grow the music industry, Exprodesk’s first music business workshop, Exportando Creatividad’ was recently concluded.

Organized under the guidance of Expredesk Policy Advisors, Sharon Meijer and Susanne van Ness, in cooperation with the Department of Economic Affairs, Commerce and Industry of Aruba (DEACI), ‘Exportando Creatividad’ was created with the objective to equip committed musicians, producers and composers with the necessary skills to commercialise and export their music beyond the OCT borders.

“Exportando Creatividad” was another example of COSME, a European Union funded programme, delivering on its mission to improve SME competitiveness in the Caribbean OCT region. The workshop, which ended in September, focused on key opportunities to export and cultivate Aruba’s musical culture overseas. This unique niche continues to demonstrate numerous opportunities that exist for entrepreneurs to find their passion and grow it into a profitable career.

Mr. Carlos Delgado of Nex Consulting and Guira Music Publishing Company delivered education on five key subjects around commercialising music: Global Music industry, Music Publishing and Performing Rights, Recorded Music Distribution, Live Music and Aruba Music Industry and its Export Potential. Upon completing the workshop, Mr. Huib Poot from Ecorys-COSME was present to grant the participants their certificates.

The Association of Musicians and Artists of Aruba (AMAA) gave a presentation during the workshop detailing the variety of possibilities available to the participants who are members of AMAA. Ms. Kadeon Austin from Caribbean Microfinance Alliance delivered a presentation detailing finance opportunities and cooperation possibilities to musicians and all other stakeholders present.

ABOUT COSME COSME is a 54-month programme with the responsibility to disperse 15M Euros to projects benefiting participating Caribbean Territories. The funds were made available by the European Union (EU). The programme’s overall objective is to contribute to the sustainable and climate-resilient economic diversification and prosperity of Caribbean OCTs by improving the competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the participating territories.


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