Culture ministry will launch K-pop academy

By Chung Ah-young

Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Choung Byoung-gug said Wednesday that the government will establish a K-pop academy and support the indie music industry.

The minster announced a plan to enhance the global competitiveness of the K-pop culture industry at an opening ceremony of the Olympic Hall which has been renovated as a K-pop concert hall.

“To continue the ongoing ‘hallyu’ boom newly reignited in Europe, it is necessary to strengthen the competitiveness of K-pop and the related infrastructures and businesses,” he said.

Choung said that the ministry will launch the so-called “K-pop Academy” to nurture would-be hallyu stars in association with universities’ pop music departments and extend support for overseas activities of Korean musicians in cooperation with music production companies.

Also, it will reinvigorate the indie music scenes based on their activities at the Muse Live, the small hall newly opened at the Olympic Hall and indie clubs around Hongik University.

The government will support overseas concerts in Central and South American and Middle Eastern countries and hold the Asia Music Awards in Asian markets.

For the regions with mounting demand for the Korean pop culture such as Europe, more overseas culture centers will be newly established. For hallyu fans, the government plans to hold K-pop contest preliminaries around the world with a final to be held in Korea.

The opening ceremony featured performances by various artists from young idol stars to veteran trot singers. The Olympic Hall was remodeled into a two-story main hall with 2,452 seats for major shows, and a small hall with 240 seats for underground and indie band performances.

Source: Korea Times

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