Bill Making Music Competition a National Hurdles Committee Level Program - Manila Bulletin

Three committees in the House of Representatives passed a bill to promote Filipino music and develop Filipino musical talent on Monday, May 10th.

The annual national music competitions for young artists. (NAMCYA Foundation, Inc./

House Bill No. 7817 was approved by the House Committees on Sport and Development; Medium; and ways and means.

The draft law explicitly proposes that the annual National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NMCYA) be designated as the National Youth Development Program for Music and that funding be made available for this.

The author, representative of Cagayan de Oro and deputy House Speaker Rufus Rodriguez said this would “encourage young artists who excel in music competition and performance to preserve, develop and develop Filipino music as art to promote”.

“It also aims to discover young artists in the fields of choral singing, piano, chamber music, family ensembles and indigenous instruments,” he added.

The bill requires the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to provide financial support, office space and free use of venues and facilities for competitions, festivals, productions and performances organized by the NMCYA.

Aside from the CCP financial aid, the bill provides P50 million for NMCYA-related activities.

Rodriguez said financial, technical, scientific, and scholarly support would also come from the National Commission on Arts and Culture.

The Ministry of Education (DepEd), the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Higher Education Commission (CHED) are also mandated to help identify, select and train participants at various levels. State colleges and universities provide free use of the facilities.

Meanwhile, government corporations and the private sector are encouraged to donate to fund NMCYA activities. The donations would be exempt from donation tax and could be deducted from gross income, Rodriguez said.

The NAMCYA was founded in 1973 under the Presidential Proclamation No. 1173, which declares the period from November 26th to December 2nd as the National Week for Young Artists.

The annual national competitions include group and solo performances.

The NAMCYA aims to develop and improve the skills of performers, conductors, students and teachers through music lessons and workshops.