Artists Welfare: Arts industry players meet Ministry officials

By Patience Nyagato

The welfare of artists during the Covid-19 era has been revisited with an interface organised by the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation in Harare this Tuesday giving players in the sector an opportunity to air their views.

After a year of limited activity, players in the arts sector have come up with a cocktail of proposals which could save the day after meeting officials from the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, led by Deputy Minister Tinoda Machakaire.
This comes at a time when the second republic has received positive reviews for its efforts in promoting the arts and creative sector.

“We want to thank our government for giving us a chance to air our concerns. This is something we cherish as artist as we know that we have a government that cares. We called for a meeting and it is an honour to receive such feedback which is something we never had,” Selmor Mtukudzi said.

Deputy Minister Machakaire pledged to take up the matter through relevant channels.

“We have heard what the artists want and their challenges and will take the matter to the relevant authorities. In terms of opening up of the sector we are still having engagements and awaiting cabinet approval. We will do consultations and once done we will come back to artists with solutions.”

The interface was attended by a cross section of musicians and promoters.