The Latvian Association of Performers and Producers will award scholarships for the creation of 53 new records / Article /

As an additional support mechanism during an emergency, on June 1, the Latvian Association of Performers and Producers (LaIPA) announced a scholarship competition to promote music creativity. 53 musicians have received scholarships for creating a new composition. Taking into account the number of applications received and the wide interest of musicians, the LaIPA Council has decided to announce the second round of the scholarship competition on November 1 this year, LaIPA representatives informed.

After evaluating 134 applications, council of the association has awarded scholarships to 53 Latvian musicians to create new music recordings, consisting of seven professional representatives of the music industry.

The LaIPA scholarship was awarded to such musicians as Jānis Stībelis, Ainars Mielavs, Evija Vēbere, Gustavs Butelis (Arstarulsmirus), Rihards Fedotovs, Aigars Voitišķis, Juris Kaukulis, Justs Sirmais, Marta Grigale, Ivo Fomins, Jānis Moisejs, Edvīns Zviedris, Edgars Šubrovskis, Rūta Dūduma-Ķirse, Katrīna Dimanta and others.

The full list of competition winners is available here.

LaIPA explained that the evaluation of the received applications took into account the application’s compliance with the competition regulations, the catalog of music recordings issued by musicians and registered in the LaIPA database, project relevance, clearly defined target audience, implementation progress, compliance with scholarship competition purpose and other criteria.

Kārlis Auzāns, Chairman of the LaIPA Council, pointed out about the evaluation of the scholarship competition: “It was a very difficult task to evaluate, because it was not possible to support all the submitted applications – we survived for all our colleagues.

We received a total of 134 tenders, and this clearly shows that such an additional support mechanism was very much needed in the context of the pandemic.

I am pleased with my fellow musicians, who are actively involved and, despite the various obstacles, are in the creative process of becoming more and more musical works of art. ”

“Sometimes we don’t even realize how important the presence of music is in our daily lives. Not only does it inspire everyone individually, but it plays a vital role in shaping our national identity and cultural heritage. For these reasons, it is important to remember how much resources, effort, and energy are invested by musicians and other industry professionals to get songs not only to birth but also to listeners. The results of the music creation competition clearly prove that our musicians have something to say, and this creates confidence that this year the Latvian cultural space will expect professional and creative additions, ”emphasized LIPA Executive Director of LaIPA.

By announcing the competition, LaIPA aims to support the activities of Latvian performers and music producers by allocating funding for the creation of new music. A scholarship in the form of a competition is awarded to cover the costs of creating a music recording in the amount of up to 500 euros for activities that must be completed by 31 October 2020. LaIPA scholarships are funded by the LaIPA Foundation for Education and Culture Support.

About LaIPA

The Association of Latvian Performers and Producers (LaIPA) is an internationally recognized collective management organization that brings together domestic and foreign performers and producers of music to stand up for their rights and receive fair compensation from users of music. In accordance with the Copyright Law, LaIPA collects remuneration for the use of recordings or phonograms of musical works and ensures the distribution and payment of the collected remuneration to performers and phonogram producers.

LaIPA represents more than two thousand Latvian and three million foreign performers and phonogram producers on the basis of mutual representation agreements concluded with rightholders and foreign law organizations, including the property rights of independent phonogram producers and record companies such as Sony, Warner ”,“ Universal ”and others.

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