The Jamaica Music Conference kicks off today.
In its 4th year, the Jamaica Music Conference (JMC) is being staged this year under the theme “Word, Sound and Power: Contracts, Sound Systems and the Potential of Jamaica’s Music Industry”.
The goal of the conference is to provide networking and training for Jamaicans in the music industry, as well as encourage people around the world to do business with Jamaica’s music professionals.
The JMC will host panel discussions, seminars, and presentations on industry topics such as artist management, payola, touring, securing airplay, and understanding copyright, licensing, and publishing.
Workshops such as ‘Music and Social Change’, ‘Music and Technology’, and ‘Music, Marketing and Monetization’ are expected to bring a large turn number of patrons, as well as the ‘Entertainment as an Export’ workshop by Jamaica Promotions Corporations, and a presentation on the Jamaica Sound System to be held at the Edna Manley College.
JMC launches today with a mini-version of the conference for students at the Alpha Boys’ School and Pembroke Hall High School to give them an idea of the many careers options available in the music industry.
Tomorrow will feature panel discussions on Global Soul, the Irish and Chin Sound System Summit, and a sound system and dub plate appreciation dance.
Saturday features discussions with artists Busy Signal and Tessanne Chin, entertainment attorneys, Reggae promoters, and Dr. Sonjah Niaah with the Institute of Caribbean Studies. Tessanne Chin will headline an artist showcase Saturday night.
The conference will close on Sunday with an all-day beach party and artist open mic for new artists to showcase for international booking agents and digital distribution platforms.