Through ARPEM, a program to support the creation and networking of music businesses in Western Africa, Culture et développement launched the ARPEM blog and website on October 20, 2010.
The blog and the website are aimed at partners of the program as well as the entrepreneurs who are the lifeblood of the West African music sector and the organizations that support its development. According to a press release:
"This new tool was made possible through the support of the E.U.-ACP Support Program to ACP Cultural Industries and a number of local, national, and international partners. The website features a description of the ARPEM program as well as practical tools to support the efforts of local cultural organizations, including
- A database of all musical businesses in Abidjan, Dakar, and Ouagadougou
- Useful information on trades and practices in the music industry
The ARPEM blog provides a forum for discussing and sharing ideas and experiences with issues related to creating and managing music businesses."
The ARPEM program is being implemented in three West African cities (Abidjan, Ouagadougou, and Dakar) in an effort to support local economic development. Its purpose is to help create and connect fertile business environments in the music sector by leveraging the expertise of its Jamaican and South African partners.