JMC 2018 Countdown

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The Jamaica Music Conference (JMC) is the preeminent annual conference for industry education, networking and collaboration in Jamaica.

JMC’s mission is to provide a platform for independent music professionals to discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions in the music industry.

Gearing up for its 6th staging, JMC brings an industry invested in and/or enamored with the sounds and culture of Jamaica to its shores for authentic cross-pollination experiences. The 4-day intensive encompasses community service opportunities, authentic nightlife, fun in the sun across Kingston and, most importantly, an information exchange between the who’s who of reggae and mainstream music entertainment, and up and coming talent.

This year's conference theme is "Constructive Conversations: Dialogue. Decisions. Development."

Events

6th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

With the paradise scenery of Jamaica as the backdrop, JMC is gearing up for its 6th annual conference on November 15-18, 2018, in indoor and outdoor venues across Kingston.

Thursday, Nov 15th

SESSIONS
INFO
LOCATION
IRIE MEDZ
Wellness session (yoga/fit camp, pop up massage, etc)
Boardwalk Beach
WELCOME MIXER
Reception, conference welcome, network, swim,
socialize, etc
Boardwalk Beach
GETTING PAID IN THE
MUSIC BUSINESS
Panel Discussion/Q&A on how to get paid in the music industry
Boardwalk Beach
GETTING DISCOVERED
Panel Discussion/Q&A on building awareness about your work
Boardwalk Beach
SHELLINZ
Open Mic Showcase
Boardwalk Beach
Speakers and performers to be announced soon.

In collaboration with Jamaica’s higher education institutions, conference sessions will be held at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and University of the West Indies (Mona).

Friday, Nov 16th

SESSIONS
INFO
LOCATION
IRIE MEDZ
Wellness session (yoga/fit camp, pop up massage, etc)
Edna Manley College
JMC YOUTH SUMMIT
Panel Discussion, Q&A, Peer Mentoring Workshops & Campus Tour
Edna Manley College
PRESS KIT 101
Practical Workshop on the elements of a strong press kit
Edna Manley College
MARKETING 101
Practical Workshop on branding and social media marketing basics
Edna Manley College
SOUND SYSTEM SUMMIT
Panel Discussion/Q&A with prominent sound systems
Edna Manley College
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – Clean Clash 2018

Showcases and nightlife experiences will be held at House of Dancehall, Jamnesia, Kingston Dub Club and Boardwalk Beach.

All entertainment events are open to the public and cover charges are included in conference registration fee (wristband presented at the door).

Saturday, Nov 17th

SESSIONS
INFO
LOCATION
IRIE MEDZ
Wellness session (yoga/fit camp, pop up massage, etc)
UWI (Mona)
STREAMING MONETIZATION BASICS
Panel Discussion/Q&A on how to make money from digital content
UWI (Mona)
VISAS & TOURING
Panel Discussion/Q&A on Understanding the VISA Process
UWI (Mona)
RADIO ROADMAP
Panel Discussion/Q&A on how to penetrate radio, maneuver regulation, Content Quotas and Pluggers
UWI (Mona)
ARTIST IN FOCUS
Featured One on One artist interview/Q&A on Navigating Primetime
UWI (Mona)
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT - 2018 JMC Jamnesia Showcase

The JMC youth service day has evolved into the JMC Youth Summit and will be held at Edna Manley College. The summit will be inspirational to tomorrow’s young creatives and be open to students from various local jamaican high schools. Activities include a campus tour, panel discussions by industry professionals, a practical workshop and more.

Sunday, Nov 18th

SESSIONS
INFO
LOCATION
IRIE MEDZ
Wellness session (yoga/fit camp, pop up massage, etc)
UWI (Mona)
WIMMING
Panel Discussion on Women in Music: Challenges & Triumphs
UWI (Mona)
PRODUCT DANCEHALL
Panel Discussion/Q&A on rebranding and repositioning dancehall for wider audiences
UWI (Mona)
ARTIST IN FOCUS
Featured One on One artist interview/Q&A on Navigating Primetime
UWI (Mona)
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT - JMC 2018 Seal Up – Kingston Dub Club

REGIONAL STAKEHOLDERS MEETINGS

Regional meetings are held in various markets to galvanize support and increase interest in the annual conference in Jamaica. Markets for these events include: New York City, Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami and Kingston.  For more information about the stakeholder meeting closest to you, email us.

Early Bird Registration
(Thru Aug. 14; more after)

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Sponsor JMC

AUDIENCE

For the last 5 years, the JMC has attracted the participation of iconic, as well as up an coming artists, producers, writers, musicians, promoters, radio presenters, music journalists, sound system/DJs, managers, booking agents and many other industry practitioners from the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean region. JMC 2018 will attract approximately 700-900* attendees, ages 18 to 65.

REACH

The JMC, our partners and network of promo and press support includes TV, radio and print media platforms in Jamaica, USA, Canada and UK, with collectively over 20 million in monthly outreach*.

THE SMART OPPORTUNITY

 

Capacity building funding is untapped and is a smart and cooperative opportunity to put relevant consumer brands in front of the JMC audience before, during and after the event series.

Currently operating from a skeletal budget, the JMC audience has grown steadily, year after year, through passionate volunteerism, personal contributions of our leadership and small contributions from their immediate network.

 

With our proven track record for attracting the interest and participation of speakers and attendees from the United States, Canada, Europe and other parts of the Caribbean, the JMC will make a bigger impact with funding for stronger programming, more innovative production, more dynamic marketing tools and to offset logistical costs.

 

Monetary and in-kind services/product resources will expand your brand awareness and presence internationally, while creating the evolutionary growth of the overall JMC mission. To get involved, email us.

Travel Info

AIRPORT

Travel to Jamaica with ease, and at affordable rates, on any major airline carrier, from any region of the world. The closest airport to the JMC is Norman Manley International Airport (KIN), which is in the eastern region of the island.


VISA REQUIREMENTS & INFO

For more information on international travel requirements, visit the Jamaica Tourist Board at Visit Jamaica

ACCOMODATIONS

 

The airport is roughly 30 minutes away from the heart of Kingston, where the JMC is being held.

 

GROUND TRANSPORT

 

Ground transport by registered taxi operators is recommended.

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