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The Dubai Music Industry

Posted on | October 15, 2016 | No Comments



My interest in the workings of cultural industries started well before grad school.

Over the past 25 years I have gone from Canada to the UAE and from one industrial environment to another.

What has not changed is the fact that cultural industries are one of the most cherished by nations and the most misunderstood.

The core issue, in a sentence, is cultural industries are measured, qualified and quantified like any other industry yet they are not any other industry.

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Joshua Williams, Reiner Erlings and Gaya to talk about the music industry as it is evolving in Dubai.

What is interesting is the industry has undergone dramatic change yet the mindset of artists and the people manning the support mechanism have not evolved with that change.

So, like so many cultural industries there are multiple realities overlapping and expectations are at odds with the realities.

Click here to listen to the conversation. 




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