Entertainers and music industry professionals are set to descend upon Kingston, Jamaica November 15-18, 2018 for the 6th annual Jamaica Music Conference (JMC). This year the conference’s theme is “Constructive Conversations: Dialogue, Discussion and Development,”
The is expected to offer a series of enlightening and resourceful panels aimed to ensure that music creatives and industry professionals have the tools, education, networking opportunities and resources to maximize financial opportunities, benefit from the digitalization of music and solidify a position/stake in the prosperous, global market of music and culture.
To discuss current industry challenges
Participants will also be given a platform to discuss current industry challenges with peers and music industry influencers and identify solutions through tangible action items.
Entities interested or involved in any aspect of music and culture are invited to attend.
More than 15 critical panels, workshops, independent music artist showcases and a community service day are slated to be held in various venues across the Kingston area, including Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, University of the West Indies (Mona), House of Dancehall, Jamnesia, Kingston Dub Club and Boardwalk Beach.
Hundreds of participants are anticipated from Jamaica, other Caribbean countries, the United States, Canada, and Europe. Registration for the JMC is now open.
Summit for young creative artists
This year, the conference will feature the inaugural “JMC Youth Summit”, Through partnerships with Jamaican high schools, the next generation of young creatives will get hands on opportunities to learn about the music industry.
Past performers and panelists have helped shape the JMC as the leading annual conference of its kind, providing music industry education, networking and collaboration in Jamaica.
The JMC was founded by Kwasi Osei Bonsu, Esq., Julian Haffner, Esq. and entertainment executive Kairee “S.I.G.H.” Griffin. Bonsu and Haffner met at Howard University Law School and bonded over their common interest in intellectual property. Bonsu, who was born in Jamaica and now resides in the U.S., is the CEO of JMC, and doubles as conscious artist Dejazmatch Kwasi.
Other managing members who serve/support JMC include Wolde Philpotts and Karen Marie Mason. Notably, Jamaican residents Kareece Lawrence who coordinates production, and Joan Webley who manages operations in Jamaica, joined the JMC management team in 2016.
A growing brand and team, in 2017, Christine M. Coley of Impulse Nation joined the team to manage marketing and sponsorship development. Lloyd A.W. Stanbury, OD serves as a JMC advisor.