July 20, 2024
State Department launches US & Africa cultural and creative industries (CCIs)

State Department launches US & Africa cultural and creative industries (CCIs)

State Department launches US & Africa cultural and creative industries (CCIs)
State Department launches US & Africa cultural and creative industries (CCIs)

Through cutting-edge music, film, and television platforms, the US Department of State has announced a number of initiatives to support the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in the US and Africa.

US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Lee Satterfield made the announcement last week in Lagos, Nigeria. This action builds on US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent trip to Nigeria.

As per the statement, the initiative is in line with President Joe Biden’s 2022 executive order, which aims to enhance the relationship between the United States and African nations by encouraging cooperation between government agencies, community leaders, philanthropic organizations, the private sector, and the African diaspora to boost economic growth and prospects on both continents through the creative arts.

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Mid-level music industry professionals from Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, and Morocco will participate in the first American Music Mentorship Program (AMMP), a joint initiative between the State Department and the Recording Academy, according to Satterfield, who made this announcement at the University of Lagos. Through this project, mentors who are members of the academy are paired with mid-career foreign musicians. During the Global Music Diplomacy Initiative’s launch in September 2023, Blinken first made the announcement of AMMP.

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Additionally, Satterfield launched a pilot program under the Community College Initiative that focused on films for Nigerian students. The African Creative TV (ACTV) program helps overseas students get ready for the workforce back home by providing them with technical and educational training based on the US community college system.

For television writers, producers, and other technical disciplines like art direction, cinematography, editing, and line producing, ACTV focuses on providing opportunities for professional growth and networking.

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TV professionals from all across Africa will be sent to Los Angeles by ACTV in the coming months for a four-week stay at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. There, they will receive mentorship from American TV writers, producers, and industry executives.

The first group of Nigerian participants will attend a US community college that specializes in technical training for the film industry during the 2024–2025 academic year.

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