Cuban culture continued to suffer from the onslaught of the US blockade

Cuban culture continued to suffer from the onslaught of the US blockade

Cuban culture continued to suffer from the onslaught of the US blockade

New York, 16 February 2021. The sector of the Cuban culture; globally renowned for its nuances, richness and quality; continued to be affected by the application of the US blockade policy against Cuba. From April 2019 to March 2020, damages amounting to USD 22,150,000 were recorded.

The US government's policy of blocking the circulation of Cuban art around the world, persecuting and censoring its action, and isolating it from large international information corporations and art distribution circuits was added to direct financial implications.

At the same time, the anti-Cuban campaign attempted to make visible and legitimize anti-Cuban products by promoting totally unknown alleged artists, in order to discredit the work of the true exponents of Cuban culture, whose vast majority live and work in Cuba.

All this can be tacitly exemplified: clients of the portfolio of Empresa de Grabaciones y Ediciones Musicales (EGREM, by its Spanish initials), such as Cubamusic S.R.L., from Italy; World Circuit and Plaza Mayor, both from the United Kingdom; and Ultra Record, from the US; experienced difficulties with direct payments to the Cuban company, which prevented said entity from receiving all the revenues invoiced in the abovementioned period.

On the other hand, the Cuban Agency of Musical Copyright (ACDAM, by its Spanish initials), failed to receive USD 19,428 for copyright collection, since some companies with accounts in banks with US interests or participation withheld the funds and refused to make transfers to Cuban banks.

Likewise, by attending the American Film Market in Los Angeles, which is a means of access to the film market and potential buyers for home video and non-commercial institutions, it is estimated that the Cuban film industry could have obtained at least USD 260,000 in revenues.

(CubavsBloqueo-Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations)

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