Arts & Culture

Festival Song Competition names committee

Sunday, December 17, 2017

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The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) has named a seven-member committee to oversee the Jamaica Festival Song Competition.

The committee will be chaired by veteran journalist and JCDC Board Commissioner Vernon Derby. Other board commissioners are Dr Michelle Clarke, Miss Pat Reid and Messrs Phillip Clarke and Dennis Archer. Other committee members are Andrew Clunis of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and radio personality Roxene Nickle of Kool 97FM.

The committee is essential in the planning and organising of the 2018 staging of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, which was recently launched by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange.

The improved festival song programme will feature a series of developmental workshops across the country to address writing, performance, and publishing and intellectual property rights, as well as imaging and branding. A series of roadshows and special appearances will give the performers the necessary exposure and give members of the public an opportunity to get to know the songs and artistes.

The overall prize purse will be $10 million, which will be shared among the performers, songwriters and producers. The top 10 finalists will also receive prize packages.

The Jamaica Festival Song Competition is one of the longest-running song competitions in Jamaica and continues to unearth and showcase several talented individuals each year. This competition, which started in 1966, has been the driving force behind some of Jamaica's acclaimed singers and songwriters.

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