Thursday 14 December, 2017

Film, fashion and music gets boost in 2018 budget

The creative sector will get a boost in this year’s budget as the Government seeks to diversify the economy.

In his budget presentation, Finance Minister Colm Imbert outlined a number of measures to boost the sector and stimulate economic activity.

Among the measures announced is the development of an Artist Portfolio Development Programme for export-ready artists.

"In the Music Sector, we will implement an Artiste Portfolio Development Programme which will support artistes who are on the verge of becoming export ready by leveraging their creative talents on the worldwide market, he said. 

There will also be the establishment of a live music district to provide the appropriate space for live music, he said.

For the film industry, there will be the launch of a production assistance and script development programme This programme, said Imbert, will feed into the new Trinidad and Tobago Television which will become a platform for local film.

"Local production crews will be given the opportunity to improve their film production talent and ensure more high-quality productions. In support of this process, there will be training and certification programmes which will be on par with international standards." Minister Imbert said.

For fashion, Imbert said the Government has established with the University of Trinidad and Tobago, a garment production facility located at the John Donaldson campus in Port-of-Spain.

A tailoring certification programme will also be established.