Thirty artists learned about their rights during a workshop taught by Project Officer Delwayne Delaney and sponsored by the Small Business Development Centre.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — With Carnival activities set to intensify soon the newly-launched Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) gave 30 local musicians participating in the festivities an opportunity to learn about their rights as artists.

The role of the SBDC, which was launched on Nov. 22, is to encourage, promote, facilitate and assist the establishment, growth and development of small businesses in the Federation.

“This is the first training workshop that the SBDC has had and it comes at an opportune time when musicians need to learn about the rights to their material,” SBDC Project Officer Delwayne Delaney said. “We know persons will be coming up with new songs and new beats, so this is just a way of sensitizing them about their rights as it relates to protecting their work.”

The workshop was facilitated by Registrar (Ag.) at the Intellectual Property Office St. Kitts and Nevis (IPOSKN) Jihan Williams. She gave an in-depth presentation on their rights as artists.

Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), which are trade and development agreements negotiated between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) partners engaged in regional economic integration processes were described by Ministry of International Trade employee Shenille Smithen. She gave an overview about tapping into new markets.

Delaney said an upcoming SBDC workshop will fully address the EPAs.

“That is coming on stream in terms of training and sensitization about the requirements and what needs to be done to get into the European markets to get more exposure,” Delaney said.

“This is just one of many workshops to come from the SBDC,” Delaney explained. “There will be more sensitization and training. We are fulfilling what we set out to do.”