The Musicians Union of the Maldives, “the MU” will officially open for public registrations on August 1st, 2020. The MU received the Certificate of Registry from the Ministry of Sports, Youth and Community Empowerment on July 23rd, 2020(officially approved on July 20, 2020) and is now a recognized NGO in the Maldives.
The founding members of the MU, Ahmed Shiham, Nishfa Nashid and Mahran Majid, along with a team of fellow musicians, began working towards establishing the Union during the COVID-19 lockdown period. After creating a draft document, the team met with local musicians who are currently active, as well as musicians of the past, and officials from ministries via video conference to discuss concerns and what they beloved to be lacking in the Maldives’ music industry.
The Union has now finalized its Governing Regulations and has been accepted by the relevant authorities. The MU is currently preparing to launch its website (www.musiciansunion.mv), where interested individuals will be able to register with the Union and put forward their names for positions in the Executive Committee.
The founding members and the team of the Union wish to express their gratitude and appreciation for the support they received from fellow musicians and the officials from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment and the National Centre for Arts in establishing the Union. The MU looks forward to welcoming all potential members who wish to join them on this exciting new journey.
The Musicians Union seek to empower locals employed in all aspects of the music industry in the Maldives, The Union will represent formally and self-employed individual in the field once they become official members. The Union aim to advocate for the increase in overall employment and income of local musicians, as well as offer advice, support and legal assistance catered to each individual member through their endeavours.