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Press Release - 31st July 2020

Updated: Feb 9, 2021

Musicians’ Union of Maldives opens for Membership Registrations

on the 1st of August

The Musicians’ Union of Maldives, “the MU” will officially open for public registrations on August 1, 2020. The MU received the Certification of Registration from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment on July 23, 2020 (officially approved on July 20, 2020) and is now a recognised NGO in the Maldives.

The founding members of the MU, Ahmed Shiham, Nishfa Nashid and Mahran Majid, along with a team of fellow musicians, began working towards establishing the Union during the lockdown period caused by the global pandemic COVID-19. After creating a draft document, the team met with local musicians who are currently active, as well as musicians of the past, and officials from ministries via video conference to discuss concerns and what they believed to be lacking in the Maldives music industry.

The MU has now finalised its Governing Regulations and it has been approved by the relevant authorities. The MU is currently preparing to launch its website (, where interested individuals will be able to register with the Union and put forward their names for positions in the Executive Committee.

The founding members and the team of the MU wish to express their gratitude and appreciation for the support they received from fellow musicians and the officials from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment and the National Centre for the Arts in establishing the Union. The MU looks forward to welcoming all potential members who wish to join them on this exciting new journey.

About the Musicians’ Union of the Maldives

We seek to empower locals who are employed in all aspects of the music industry in the Maldives. The Union will represent formally employed and self-employed individuals in the field once they become official members. We aim to advocate for the increase in overall employment and income of local musicians, as well as offer advice, support and legal assistance catered to each individual member through our endeavours.

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