The newly established 'Musicians’ Union of Maldives' (MU), on Saturday, launched its website, opening for public registration of individuals into the organization.
Having finalized the NGO's regulatory framework, the union launched it's website 'www.musiciansunion.mv', where interested individuals can register with the union, as well as forward names for its Executive Committee.
https://t.co/cKBMd7fkxS— Musicians’ Union of Maldives (@MUMaldives) August 1, 2020
Membership into the union will be split into two categories, including 'regular' and 'associate' members. 'regular' members are individuals that generate income via music, while 'associate' membership is for non-professional enthusiasts that wish to partake in NGO proceedings.
Both membership types may contest for union's Executive Committee. However, only 'Regular' members retain the ability to vote during the general election.
Founded by musicians Ahmed Shiham, Nishfa Nashid and Mahran Majid, alongside a team of musicians, the group began to establish the organization amid the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown.
In an exclusive interview with The Edition, founding member Nishfa said they are "looking forward to having fellow musicians and music lovers join us on this new journey", while further conveying the groups excitement to have finalized the registration of the union.
"We have so much to do, but together, I believe we can bring about a positive difference within the industry", she noted.
Prior to union's official registration on July 20, the team met with local musicians, past and present, as well as officials from relevant institutions to discuss concerns pertaining to the Maldivian music industry, and to further develop the NGO.
Thank you Minister @AhmedMahloof and congratulations @MUMaldives. Lets work together to find solutions to the concerns of musicians of the Maldives. @NCA_MDV @MoACHmv @MoYSCEmv https://t.co/MVRkuUzJJf— Yumna Maumoon (@yumna_maumoon) July 23, 2020
Seeking to empower locals employed in all aspects of the music industry, the union will represent formally employed and self-employed individuals that register under the NGO.
"We 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 our endeavours", concluded the organization in its circular.