figures of the UNDP Venezuela show that Ideal Music Corp was awarded a contract
for 1,048,790 dollars. Of this total, 799 thousand dollars correspond to the
payment of five thousand cuatros, acquired on November 20, 2012, which
represents an average of 159.8 dollars per unit. Although it is a company with
principal office in Panama, the company ordered Chinese factories to manufacture
the instruments that would then be marketed under the Ideal Music brand. "They
place the order to the factories, tell them how to do it and then use their
brand," explains a source linked to the music industry. The auditors' report
shows that Ideal Music Corp also sold timbales, bongos and mandolins to
on information from the National Register of Contractors (RNC), this was not the first time that the group benefits from a
contract. In 2010, Venezuelan company Ideal Music Venezuela C.A. closed deals
with the system of orchestras, the Vice Presidency of the Republic and the
"Foundation for the State of Youth Orchestras of Venezuela", among other
organizations, for the supply of xylophones, cellos, violins and double basses,
among other instruments. The company did not respond to the interview requests
for this report.
Music Corp, another company registered in the isthmus, was in charge of
supplying Fundamusical with "small drums", mandolins, mandolas, guitars, congas
and claves for a value of 2,657,393 US dollars. Like Ideal Music Corp, Ossia
Music has a subsidiary in Venezuela, created in 2011 but unable to enter into
contracts with the State, according to the RNC. The rest of the allocation was
awarded between Yamaha Music Latin America, Buffet Crampon, Schagerl and company
"memorandum of observations and recommendations" issued by the auditors to the
UNDP Venezuela plan with Fundamusical, after evaluating the 2013 fiscal year,
reveals some administrative irregularities. "Better financial-budgetary
management or control is necessary, since it is evident that unplanned purchases
were made using the budget, in the case of the Alma Llanera component, acquiring
20,000 more units than planned," the report reads.
consulted argue that the average price of 168.2 dollars for the Feng Ling
cuatros, and the 159.8 dollars for those of Ideal Music Corp are high.
Fundamusical did not respond to the interview request for this report
the AliBaba.com portal,
the cuatro manufactured in China is below those prices, while those
handmade by Venezuelan luthiers range between 130 and 190 dollars. In music
stores in Caracas, the Venezuelan cuatros range between 20 thousand and
600 thousand bolivars.
can acquire high quality instruments in Venezuela. To me, it seems odd that a
company in Venezuela is willingly buying instruments in China," says Adriann
Moya, executive director of the tucuatro.com portal, dedicated to the promotion
of the instrument, as well as Venezuelan luthiers.