The Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II earmarked cultural development as an important sub-theme for sustainable economic development. The cultural industry was cited among the high growth sectors that will be positioned to realize economic growth in the longer term. A study conducted by the Government of Malawi through the Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA), in collaboration with National Statistics Office and United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in 2013 concluded that the economic contribution of copyright-based industries in Malawi is at about 3.46% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This was only in the copyright-based industries and if the contribution of other non-copyright based cultural industries such as monuments and cultural landscapes were factored in, the contribution would have been more.
The Government is establishing a number of vocational training institutions in several areas such as carpentry, brick laying, motor vehicle mechanics and others. However, the country does not have a vocational school dedicated to providing skills for practicing and aspiring artist in the various artistic disciplines including Music, Dance, Film, Visual Arts, Writing, Drama, Poetry and Photography. While, the University of Malawi through Chancellor College provide training in the arts, a majority of practicing artists do not have the requisite qualifications to get admitted into the college. Other than that, there are inadequate trainers of arts in the country. The establishment of Arts School will provide an opportunity to practitioners to venture into profitable business by among others enhancing their artistic skills. In addition, artists will have access to financial and quality production of art works through the services of Arts Savings and Credit Cooperative and Arts Production and Marketing Cooperative (APMC), which will be housed at the Arts School.