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The National Commission for Culture and the Arts

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is the overall policy-making and coordinating body that systematizes national efforts towards the development, preservation and promotion of culture and the arts.

Its general functions include promotion of cultural and artistic development, conservation and promotion of the nation’s historical and cultural heritage, nationwide dissemination of artistic and cultural products, preservation and integration of traditional culture as part of the national cultural mainstream, and ensuring that standards of excellence are met in its programs and activities.

The NCCA was formerly the Presidential Commission for Culture and the Arts created by President Corazon C. Aquino on January 30, 1987. It became a national commission under the Office of the President through Republic Act No. 7356, signed on April 3, 1992, sponsored by Senators Heherson Alvarez, Leticia Ramos Shahani and Edgardo Angara. As the principal government agency for culture, the Commission more effectively performs its role of setting directions for and coordinating the participation of the cultural sector in nation building.

The NCCA exercises administrative supervision over the following cultural agencies: the National Museum, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Records Management and Archives Office and Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. The Commission also administers the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA).

The NCCA is governed by a Board of Commissioners composed of 15 members, representing the legislative and executive branches of government and private sector.

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Musicological Society of the Philippines, Inc.

The Musicological Society of the Philippines, Inc. (MSP) was organized to promote professional research and scholarship in the musical arts from a broad perspective. Having been founded under the guidance of Jose Maceda, National Artist and international figure in the field of ethnomusicology, music composition and philosophy, the organization intends to further the field of investigation into the musical cultures of the Philippines and its relation to a larger musical world. The areas of expertise represented in its present membership fulfill its vision to discover knowledge about musics and musical culture, not only from musicological point of view but also from a multidisciplinal mode of inquiry.

The organization intends to produce scholarly researches as well as practical materials for the benefit of the greater educational community in the form of publications, recordings, newsletters, monographs and periodicals. It also intends to organize local and international conferences, lectures, colloquia, forums, symposia, and workshops on the study of tradition in the musical cultures of the Philippines and Asia.