Music union rolls out programmes

HARARE - Zimbabwe Musicians Union (Zimu) founded in November 2014 says it will start financial literacy programmes for its members in a bid to help them view music as a business.

Zimu interim president, Edith WeUtonga told the Daily News that plans were currently underway to help artistes.

“As Zimu, we have realised that our members have difficulties in treating art as a business. This also comes from the rest of the people who do not regard our work as real jobs.

“We are rolling out plans to have workshops with financial institutions in order to empower our musicians,” she said.

WeUtonga added that Zimu was also reaching out to other arts organisations.

“As artistes, we face the same problems, and financial literacy is one of those greatly affecting the industry. You find that some artistes do not have anything to show for the work they have and they are brilliant in their trade,” she said.

Zimu had its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in February, and resolved to let the interim committee run its affairs until they get their feet off the ground.

Zimu is made up of Lloyd Chidikano who is the vice chairperson, Rute Mbangwa is the secretary, and Thomas Brickhill is the treasurer.

“We will have an elective AGM definitely but right now we need to get the ball rolling,” said WeUtonga

Other members of the committee are Pablo Master Nakapa (coordinator), Dzikamayi Machingura (legal advisor), Brian Nhanhanga (committee member), Terrence Mapurisana (advisor), Hector Mugani (committee member) and Daniel Ngwira (spokesman).

Zimu is different from the Zimbabwe Union of Musicians (Zum).

“When we went to the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) we were told that they had deregistered an organisation with a similar mandate. So it appeared as if we were trying to topple them yet we are trying to look out for the musicians.

“There were members of Zum who thought we had ulterior motives who did not know that their organisation had been deregistered,” she said.

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