Arts & Culture

Festival Song workshops to start tomorrow

Monday, January 22, 2018

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THE Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), organisers of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, will be hosting a series of developmental seminars islandwide, in an effort to revitalise and improve the standard of the competition.

Beginning tomorrow the seminars which will be held regionally will cover the areas: writing skills, performance skills, intellectual property rights and publishing, image and branding and the business of music. The developmental seminars are free and open to the public.

“We are excited to begin the 2018 Festival Song journey with this series of islandwide developmental seminars. The seminars are open [to]everyone already in the music business and those aspiring to be in the music business. If you are a singer, songwriter, producer or just anyone interested in the business of music then these seminars are the perfect opportunity to give you an edge in this thriving industry,” said director of marketing and public relations at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson.

Last year, Minister of Entertainment Olivia “Babsy” Grange cancelled the Jamaica Festival Song Competition citing the poor quality of entries as the reason.

Eastern Region will host its developmental seminar tomorrow at Jampro, 18 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10. This will be followed by the Northern Region on Wednesday, January 24 at the St Mary Anglican Church Hall, Port Maria, St. Mary. The Western Region will host its seminar on Tuesday, January 30 at Hollis Peter Lynch Hall in Westgate, Montego Bay, while the Central Region will host its seminar on Wednesday, January 31 at Mandeville Hotel, 4 Hotel Street, Mandeville, Manchester. All the developmental seminars will run from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

Davidson said though the seminars are open to the public, interested persons are being asked to register through their local JCDC parish offices or via email at festivalsong@jcdc.gov.jm prior to attending.

In addition to the developmental seminars, the improved festival song programme will also feature a series of road shows and special appearances, which will give the performers the necessary exposure and give members of the public the opportunity to get to know the songs and the artistes.

The overall prize purse of the 2018 competition will be $10 million, which will be shared among the performers, songwriters and producers, with the top ten finalists also receiving 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 song-writers.

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