​Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to spend 10 billion won to support small-scale popular music venues and singers

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The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Minister Hwang Hee) will invest 10 billion won in the first supplementary budget in 2022 to support small-scale popular music performances with 300 seats or less. To help small pop music venues and popular singers who have been affected by the prolonged corona virus and social distancing

This project is in collaboration with domestic popular music-related organizations such as Arirang TV (President Joo Dong-Won), Korea Singers Association (CEO Lee Ja-yeon), Korea Management Association (CEO Shin Joo-hak), and Korea Music Label Industry Association (Chairman Lee Kyu-young).

Through this project, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will support 1,300 popular singer teams and about 330 performances from May to December. Some performances will be broadcast live online or produced through Arirang TV broadcast programs and will be presented to domestic and foreign fans.

Popular singers and small venues to participate in the project are selected through a public contest, and the contest period is from April 13th to May 2nd at 6pm. Details regarding the contest can be found on Arirang TV, the Singers Association, Han Maeyeon, and the Eumrehyup website.

A policy manager at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said, “Small-scale popular music venues and popular singers are the basis for protecting the diversity and competitiveness of popular music. I hope it will be an opportunity to do so.”

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