Photography By Corey Graham 2.0
You know me, I am Pro-Caribbean and I am for any initiative and movement that brings Caribbean People closer together and its even better when they aim to develop the creativity and culture of the Caribbean community. It is with great pleasure that I share this press release on the newly formed Caribbean Music Industry Networking Organization with you.
Press Release From The Caribbean Music Industry Networking Organization (CaMINO)
The Caribbean Music Industry Networking Organization (CaMINO) saw its genesis on Wednesday, September 23 at the recently concluded CARIFORUM-EU EPA Workshop in Martinique; the Organanization will seek to serve the interests of its members and by extension the wider community of stakeholders to which its members belong – the Caribbean Music Industry.
The regional trade agency, Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) has placed its full support behind the Network which is still in its formative stages and has committed to work with the group to facilitate the vision to drive the ownership and export potential of Caribbean music globally. "The vision we have for regional integration and collaboration is in fact the reality that we are already living," stated Tonika Sealy, CEDA Senior Services Advisor.Representatives from 10 Caribbean islands met in round table sessions to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the music industry in each territory. The results were documented in a skeleton paper likely to form the basis of a strategic plan to develop and promote music export within the region and across the world. Nations represented included: Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The French Territories (Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guyana) and Trinidad will also be represented as discussions continue.
The group, like the region is divided by water, but united by culture and will employ today's most advanced technology to facilitate communication and convene virtual meetings. Even as the group takes the necessary steps to solidify its foundation, CaMINO is working with recognised academics, practitioners, buyers and a wide range of industry players to identify shared issues to table on the agenda. Preliminary discussions touched on the issues of royalty collections, intellectual property, training and education of industry practitioners within the region and lobbying heads of CARICOM/CARIFORUM to support music industry initiatives. Initial informal meetings were held with Dr. Keith Nurse and other academics to discuss information sharing and requisite expertise for joint projects across the Caribbean as well as mutual development.
With the issue of royalty collections being so high on the agenda, initial discussions were held with the Caribbean Copyright Link (CCL) about executing royalty collection particularly in the EU.
The interim members that participated in the discussions were: Phil Phillips (Co-Chairman), Howard McIntosh (Co-Chairman), Carlette DeLeon (Communications Officer), J. Omari Harrigan (Antigua), Lyndia Rose (Jamaica), Rychard Skeete (Barbados), Angenella Young (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), George Thomas (Barbados), Livingston Nelson (Grenada), Pascale Jaunay (Haiti), Modou Diagne (Barbados), McCarthy Marie (Dominica), Steve Etienne (st. Lucia), Ivan Duran (Belize), John Francis (St. Kitts and Nevis) and Denis Ward (Guyana). Interested parties can join the movement by making contact with Caribbean Export.
In keeping with its mandate to be representative of the entire Caribbean region, the first outreach programme will see interim co-chairs Phil Phillips and Howard McIntosh meeting with key stakeholders in October.
Once the formation of the organization is completed, it will be truly regional and inclusive. Caribbean music has a rich and distinguished history, as a result, CaMINO will ensure that the voices of past are represented along with those of the present and future.
The interim Board and members of CaMINO will simultaneously seek to formalize the organization while reaching out to key stakeholders, completing the strategic plan and coordinating a delegation of member countries for WOMEX.
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Let's see what they get accomplished. Lend you support however possible.
Corey Graham 2.0