Foundation Of Concerned Arts Professionals –  FOCAP has in its domain a Creative Industry Facility Scheme document telling Creative Arts Industry members, organisations and other individuals of the Arts industry to apply for a loan facility which has been recommended by the executives of the Creative Arts Council.

The document made references to the DRAFT CREATIVE INDUSTRY BILL before parliament saying “applicants should have been members of the council as stated in the draft creative industries bill before they become eligible to apply”.

FOCAP understands the loan facility which the executives of the creative arts council are helping the domains to apply for is coming from the Ministry of Business Development.

FOCAP is shocked why the government continues to deal with such illegality (interim creative arts council) whose mandate was to last for 3 months yet have not been able to fulfil their mandate even after 3 years of being an interim council.

FOCAP believes;

1. The council must NOT use its offices to perpetuate illegality by receiving funds into bank accounts yet to be sanctioned.

2. The Draft Bill must not be used as a basis for the loan facility. Only an Act has.

3. The illegal interim council must not be used for the loan disbursement when they don’t have a board nor an approved scope of disbursement.

4. The Creative Industry Loan Scheme can cause serious problems especially when some entities like National Seamstress Associations are not part of the domains mentioned in the bill.

5. The posture of the interim creative arts council seems politically motivated to reward members of the Creative Arts community who supported the government in the 2016 general elections.

FOCAP is calling on the government to take a re-look into this and use a legal entity and approved channel to help the industry.

The Film Classification Act of Parliament – Act 935 which equally calls for funds to set up a film fund has not received government attention. The Executive Secretary appointment to see the National Film Authority functional is still in limbo. Helping the industry is a good call but the proper channel and appropriate avenues must be used.

In conclusion, FOCAP believes that Government should focus on inaugurating the Film Authority Board and help pass the Creative Arts Bill which will take care of funding instead of facilitating questionable loans in the name of helping the Arts Industry.

Signed
FOCAP Conveners
1. Kojo Preko Dankwa
2. Enock Agyepong
3. Mel Kwesi Davis

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