Reggae Academy Announced in Kingston, JA

The 1st Annual REGGAE ACADEMY AWARDS is Announced

Recognizing Excellence in the Jamaican and International Reggae Music Communities
The first REGGAE ACADEMY AWARDS ceremony is set to unfold on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, Jamaica.

The REGGAE ACADEMY was established through the initiative of the Recording Industry Association of Jamaica (RIAJam), an organization made up of more 30 music companies in Jamaica and internationally. Together with the Reggae Academy, they will create the necessary infrastructure for the planning and presentation of the REGGAE ACADEMY AWARDS, an annual recording industry award catering to the Jamaican and international Reggae music communities.

RIAJam Chairman Clevie Browne explains that the staging of a first class international music awards event for Reggae and Dancehall was identified as a priority activity by his board of directors and the organization when it was established four years ago.

REGGAE ACADEMY Chairman Lloyd Stanbury says that plans are at an advanced stage for the February event. Several top artists have already signed contracts to appear as performers and award presenters on the show.

This list includes Shaggy, Sean Paul, Morgan Heritage, Elephant Man, Diana King, Ky-Mani Marley, Ce’Cile, Etana, Assassin, and Voice Mail. In addition to artists already confirmed the organizers are looking at a number of overseas-based artists who have been involved in Reggae and Dancehall, such as Gentleman out of Germany, Sinead O’Conner, Sean Kingston and Collie Budz. Buju Banton is also expected to join the list.

The REGGAE ACADEMY AWARDS will be the final event in a 4-day series of activities in Kingston:

Thurs. Feb. 21 – Opening reception and showcase – Hilton Hotel (7.00 PM)

Fri., Feb. 22 – Panels/Conferences – Hilton Hotel (9.00 AM to 6.00 PM)

Fri., Feb. 22 – Artist Showcase – Village Cafe (9.00PM)

Sat., Feb. 23 – Panels/Conferences – Hilton Hotel (9.00 AM to 1.00PM)

Sat., Feb. 23 – Artist Showcase – Village Cafe (9.00 PM)

Sun., Feb. 24 – REGGAE ACADEMY AWARDS ceremony – National Indoor Sports Centre

The following are the proposed Panel/Conference topics:

Role and importance of collective rights management societies and trade associations Reggae music business in the digital, Internet and mobile communication world

Back to basics – product development challenges (lyrics, work ethics, quality standards and contractual relationships) Investing in Reggae/Jamaican music – A case for private and public funding

Jamaican music – catalyst for cultural industries development

Chairman Clevie Browne signs Elephant Man to perform at Reggae Academy Awards Show

Creative and technical persons in the local and international Reggae music communities, such as producers, songwriters, vocalists, engineers and music video directors, conceived the Academy to recognize the need to create an award event to celebrate excellence. Annual membership to the Academy is secured by application and payment of dues, and, is open to Jamaican as well as foreign nationals. Membership is divided in two categories:

VOTING MEMBERS: Professionals with creative or technical credits on four commercially released tracks or music videos. These may include vocalists, musicians, producers,arrangers, engineers, and other fields directly related to the creative or technical process of producing recordings

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: Creative or technical professionals who do not have enough credits to qualify as voting members. This category also includes persons who work in fields directly related to the recording industry such as executive producers, publishers, attorneys, record label staff, artist managers, DJs, music media personalities, music students, and music merchants.

In order to carry out its mandate to represent the international Reggae music community the REGGAE ACADEMY will establish chapters in Jamaica, North America, and Europe. In addition to the work of recognizing the best in Reggae music through the REGGAE ACADEMY AWARDS, the Academy will expand its goals with a view to establishing itself as a music advocacy and outreach organization.

The RIAJam has secured the initial funding for the establishment and running of the REGGAE ACADEMY, but contributions towards further development are welcome. The RIAJam will work closely with the REGGAE ACADEMY to provide necessary management support, and will collaborate in the implementation of special skills development and awareness-building programs for its members.

Become A Member Today!

The REGGAE ACADEMY’s mission is to celebrate, recognize, and promote artistic and technical excellence in recorded Reggae music and to act as an advocate on behalf of the music and its creators.

Benefits of Joining:

Members are able to enter recordings for consideration in the annual REGGAE ACADEMY AWARDS Members are able to vote and participate in the REGGAE ACADEMY AWARDS You will have a voice in speaking out for your rights through advocacy by the REGGAE ACADEMY Receive discounts from REGGAE ACADEMY affiliates Receive special REGGAE ACADEMY AWARDS show access and seating

As a member of the REGGAE ACADEMY, you will be entitled to benefits from programs and events including discounts on goods and services, and the privilege of participating in the REGGAE ACADEMY AWARDS selection and voting process.

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