Musicians in Cameroon have expressed their gratitude to the Minister of Arts and Culture, Bidoung Mpkatt following the promulgation into law by the President of the Republic the law on artistic and cultural associations.
They expressed their gratitude during an audience at the Ministry of Arts and Culture in Yaounde on Wednesday July 22, 2020.
The law is one of the 7 texts that the President of the Republic has just promulgated into law on Monday July 20, 2020.
The law on artistic and cultural associations is expected to stimulate a regulatory management system of the sector and prompt professionalism.
Prior to the promulgation, the law had been defended in Parliament by the I Minister of Arts and Culture Bidoung Mkpatt during the June 2020 session.
Promote artistic creativity
The new law resulting from the amending and supplementing of certain provisions of Law No. 90/053 of December 19, 1990 on freedom of association seeks to:
– boost the enormous potential of arts and culture sector;
– pave the way for the emergence of a cultural industries that creators of wealth and jobs,
– develop a legislative framework specific to the Artistic and Cultural associations.
Under the new dispensation, any national or foreign association wishing to access the status of cultural and artistic association must first obtain approval from the Ministry in charge of Arts and Culture.
The law also states that there are four categories of associations:
– Companies which bring together at least three artistic and cultural associations,
– Unions made up of two companies belonging to at least two municipalities in a division, therefore, four artistic and cultural associations belonging to at least three municipalities,
– Guilds made up of two unions,
– Federations grouping together guilds and carrying out their activities at national level with only one federation authorised by sector.
It is expected that the new law will contribute to the development of the cultural industry in Cameroon.