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The Digitalization of the Creative Economies: The Case of the Music Industry
04 April 2019
Room XXI
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

​Creativity and talent thrive in many developing countries and, for some, in an increasingly globalized marketplace, music represents an important digitally-creative business opportunity. For example in the Caribbean, with its endless supply of artists, an important contribution to the global cultural economy has been made, particularly through its popular music. However, the region has struggled to capitalize on its cultural heritage.

Digitalization may finally allow its music industry to fulfil its earning potential. This is an approach that Indonesia has taken by exploring the application of blockchain technology in order to develop vigorously the market for digital music, as well as to protect artistic copyright.

This session will seek to identify ways in which developing countries can fulfil the economic potential of the digitalization of the music industry by:

  • Developing policies and measures to support digital music creation, expanding existing markets and improving digital skills, market access and infrastructure.
  • Boosting responsible investment in the digital music industry by using technical assistance programmes, structural reforms, development assistance, as well as trade and investment agreements.
  • Promoting innovative policy approaches with respect to the production and trade of digital music goods and services.


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Co-organized with:The Commonwealth and the Government of Indonesia
Ms. Marisa Henderson Marisa.Henderson@un.org
Ms. Carolina Quintana Carolina.Quintana@un.org
Related Sites:

Creative Economy Programme



eCommerce Week 2019




The Commonwealth




Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (BEKRAFT)




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