ABOUT

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 theme is “Dialogue. Decision. Development!”, wherein the focus is to discuss, decide and deploy tangible, proven growth strategies at the annual conference, as well as a series of regional workshops in Jamaica, New York, DC, Miami and Atlanta.

SIXTH 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.
We’ve partnered with JAMPRO (the Jamaican government’s trade and investment arm), to bring regulators and change agents into the dialogue, and a session will occur at their headquarters.
In collaboration with Jamaica’s higher education institutions, panel sessions will be held at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts and Jamaica’s University of Technology.
Panels, showcases and nightlife experiences will be held at Nanook, House of Dancehall, Jamnesia, Kingston Dub Club and Boardwalk Beach.
Additionally, to pay it forward to the talent of the future, the JMC will host community service experiences at two local high schools.*To galvanize a stronger conference attendee base in the USA, regional stakeholder meetings will occur periodically in the summer and fall of 2018 in NYC, Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami and Jamaica.
Specific details on the 2018 Events Schedule will be released soon. Check back for updates.
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 info@jamaicamusicconference.com

Previous Panelists

2017

Niyah

Event Promoter/Booking Agent, MYC Entertainment | Niyah of MYC Entertainment is one of the most visible promoters, event organizers and...

Nikki Z

VP of Content: 21st Hapilos Digital Dist., Radio Personality: Energy JA 102.1FM | Nicole Duhaney better known as Nikki Z...

Jamar “J Niice” McNeil

Radio Personality/Producer, The J Show, B96 FM Chicago | Since 2008, J Niice has been a familiar voice on Top40/Pop...

Paul Barclay

Board of Directors: JACAP, President: ACCS | Over the past 25 years, Paul Barclay has gleaned the right experience and...

Natasha Von Castle

Editor-in-Chief, L3 Magazine | Natasha Von Castle is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is the Editor-in-Chief forL3 Magazine.  In...

Sawandi Simon

Producer : DJ, Track 63 Music | Sawandi spends his days as a General Practitioner and makes electronic music after...

Nadine Sutherland, M.A.

Recording & Performing Artist | There are few artistes whose career intrigues different generations, Nadine Sutherland is one such. An...

Matthew Silpot, M.Ed., B.A.

Music Education Officer, Ministry of Education Youth & Information | Matthew Silpot has been in the Performing Arts for over...

Andre’ Adman

Director of Studies / Head of Music Education, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts | Andre’ Adman...

Mikki Sellton

Booking Agent/Event & Artist Mgt., The Reggae Empire

Owen “Blakka” Ellis

Writer/Educator/Performer, Ellis International Ltd | Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis is a writer, educator and performing artist. Known mostly for his work...

Michael Harris

Rector, The African Music Institute, Gabon | Since 1991, Michael has been a member of The Little People and Teen...

Jason Bevan

Music/Video Producer/Co-founder, Synthdicate Music Studio | Jason Bevans is based in New York city and is one of the founders...

Gavin “Gavsborg” Blair

Music Producer/Co-founder, Equiknoxx | Gavin Blair has worked over the past decade to establish his name and brand in the...

Lorna Bennett

Attorney-at-law/Artiste Manager, Indiggnation Collective | Lorna Bennett is a reggae singer who twice topped the Jamaican singles chart in the...

Robert Livingston

CEO, Scikron/Big Yard Music

Louis Grant

Executive. Vice President, Irie Jam Media Group NY USA | Louis Grant has enjoyed close to 20 years in media...

Tandra Jhagroo

Audio Engineer, Full Range Records | Tandra’s talents as an audio engineer has led her to engineer sessions with multi-platinum...

Freddie Krueger

Paul Francis better known as Freddie Krueger is the current top selector on Killamanjaro Sound system from Jamaica. Freddie was...

Danny Dread

Iconic brand King Addies’ pioneering selector, the living legend and *original One Drop selector*, Danny Dread is globally recognized and...

Brendon “Daddi Barnz” Sharpe

Managing Director, Chronixx Music Group Ltd. | Born Brendon Fabion Sharpe on March 23, 1989, grew up in Spanish Town...

Tony Rebel

Recording Artist/Event Producer, Rebel Salute/Flames Productions

Honorable Olivia Grange CD, MP

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports | Ms. Olivia “Babsy’ Grange has had a long, productive and inspiring career...

Copeland Forbes, OD

Entertainment Manager, Comar Productions Limited | Jamaica’s most prolific global tour manager, artist manager and reggae historian Copeland Forbes has...

Ronald “Ronnie” Burke, OD

Co-founder, Reggae Sunsplash | After years of success as an insurance sales agent, Mr. Burke decided to follow his heart...

Protoje

Recording Artist | There is an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica and industry experts and observers agree...

2016

Natasha Von Castle

Editor-In-Chief, l3 Magazine  |   Natasha Von Castle is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is the Editor-in-Chief forL3 Magazine.  In...

John Vilanova

Journalist  |   John Vilanova is a third-year Ph.D. student at the Annenberg School for Communication. His broad research and writing...

Dr. Sonjah Niaah

The Institute Of Caribbean Studies / The University Of The West Indies  |   The inaugural Rhodes Trust Rex Nettleford Fellow...

Masani Montague

 Rastafest / Upfront Theatre Foundation  |   Masani Montague is a playwright, novelist, journalist and youth worker active in the Rastafari...

Michie Mee

Hip Hop Recording Artist, Songwriter, Actress  | Michie Mee is known within the music industry for her unique rap style...

Mannin Marsh

Project Grapevine/The Vinelist  |   Mannin Marsh started out his entrepreneurial career while studying Computer Science at the University of Technology...

Dr. Ashley George Hamilton-Taylor

University of the West Indies  |   Dr. Ashley George Hamilton-Taylor is founder of the Web, Animation, Visualisation and E-Learning (WAVE) Research...

Philip Clarke

Director of arts and culture, university of technology jamaica (UTech)  |   Philip Clarke has been a writer, Actor and Principal...

Tiffanie Anderson

Founder, Away To Africa   |      Tiffanie Anderson, attorney and founder of Away to Africa, is a graduate from Florida...

Allen Johnston

The Music Specialist  | Allen Johnston has More than three decades of progressive experience in all aspects of music product...

Renee Robinson

Film Commissioner Of Jamaica  |   Renee Robinson is the Film Commissioner of Jamaica, and a multi-lingual cultural industry strategist and...

Paul Barclay

Chairman, Jamaica Association Of Composers Authors & Publishers (JACAP)  |   There seems to be no power on earth that will stand...

Michael Epstein, esq.

Kingz and Pharaohz  |   Michael Epstein, Esq. is a Miami-based entertainment attorney focusing his practice on music, sports, and...

Tessanne Chin

International recording artist/songwriter/ “The voice” season 5 winner  |   While she was introduced to most of the world as a...

2015

Hugh Douse

Hugh Douse attended the Mico College and later did a B.A. in Media and Communication at the University of the...

Lesley-Ann Welsh

‘Artivist’, Culture Curator and Experience Engineer best depict Lesley-Ann’s engagement with the transformational potential of creative expression in work and...

Joavan Puran

Joavan Puran better known as ‘Yagga’ has been involved in the growth and development of contemporary art in Jamaica for...

Marcus Goffe

Mr. Marcus Goffe is an Attorney-at-Law and intellectual property law consultant. Mr. Goffe’s experience spans fifteen years in several areas...

Masani Montague, BA (Hons), MES

Masani Montague is a playwright, director, journalist, novelist and researcher. She has written, directed and produced several radio plays, stage...

Kareece Lawrence

Born to parents who have an immense love for music, it’s no surprise that she too has become a lover...

Barbara Blake Hannah

Barbara Blake Hannah, who is affectionately called Mama Makeda, made history and newspaper headlines back in 1968 when she was...

Delroy Thompson

Delroy Thompson a 40 year veteran of the Local / International Reggae music industry started working as Sound Engineer for...

Kendall A. Minter

Knights of Malta, O.S.J.  | Kendall A. Minter, a native of New York and graduate and Senior Class President of...

Ricky Trooper

Ricardo “Ricky Trooper” Johnson was born in a small town in St. Mary, Jamaica. Before he reached his teen ages,...

Olivia “Babsy” Grange, CD, MP

Ms. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, CD, MP is one of Jamaica’s most prolific talents and campaigners – a businesswoman and social...

Garfield “Chin” Bourne

Garfield “Chin” Bourne is co-founder of powerhouse Caribbean entertainment company Irish and Chin. Respected as a Reggae/Dancehall tastemaker and sound...

Kabaka Pyramid

Kabaka Pyramid is a multi-talented artist and producer coming straight from the streets of Kingston, Jamaica with a unique musical...

Winford Williams

Born in Rural St Andrew, Winford Williams’ career in media spans almost twenty years. Winford entered the scene in 1991...

Assassin aka Agent Sasco

Agent Sasco’s discography over the past decade includes two full albums, and over 300 singles. He has performed solo shows...

2014

Simone Harris

Analyst Tourism Enhancement Fund Executive Director of 360 ARTISTS, an arts management company representing professional artists in the visual and...

Marcus Goffe

Marcus Goffe has served as a Trademark attorney with the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office as well as an attorney for...

Iyah Gift

Born in West Africa to a Jamaican father and a Nigerian mother, Iyah-gift’s love for creating music was first influenced...

Rayven Amani

Rayven Aman former host of the cable broadcast “Yaad Beat”i is the creator of Jamaica’s Best School Band, the first...

Olimatta Taal

Originally hailing from The Gambia, West Africa, Olimatta Taal is a busy woman. Throughout her career she has worked as...

Dutty Bookman

Thinker, agitator, author and family man, Dutty Bookman is credited with inspiring the term “Reggae Revival” to describe a current...

Donisha Prendergast

Donisha Prendergast is the granddaughter of Rita and Bob Marley. She is, at heart, a true artist and activist. Her...

Nadine Sutherland

Nadine Sutherland Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Nadine Sutherland began performing in 1979, winning the Tastee Talent Contest that year (beating...

Jasmine Rand, Esq.

Known for her representation of the Trayvon Martin family, Rand excels in the civil rights arena, has posted multimillion dollar...

Marissa Longsworth

Manager of Copyright and Related Rights Directorate at JIPO, Marissa Longsworth has distinguished herself in the area of copyright. A...

Junior Reid

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Delroy ‘Junior’ Reid originally came into prominence around 1984 as part of theWaterhouse crew, and quickly...

Joan Webley

Joan is driven by a belief that a concerted focus on developing local creative industries will correct the societal and...

Michael “Mikey” Bennett

Mickey Bennett is considered one of the top songwriters in contemporary Jamaican music. A former member of the Home T...

Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik Michael Skolnik (born August 15, 1978) is a 21st-century American civil rights activist, writer, motivational speaker, social media...

Karen Marie Mason

Karen Marie Mason has worn man hats in the entertainment industry: Artist Manager; promoter; radio show host. In addition she...

Ibo Cooper

Michael Ibo Cooper holds the distinction of being a veteran member of two world renown reggae bands, Inner Circle and...

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SPONSORSHIP

AUDIENCE

For the last 6 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, its 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 it’s leadership and small contributions from their immediate network.

With its 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. The time is now.

CONTACT
Christine M. Coley

JMC Sponsorship Director
Direct/Whatsapp (917) 601-6106
christine@impulsenation.com
impulsenation.com
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PREVIOUS SPONSORS

TRAVEL INFORMATION

AIRPORT

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

VISA REQUIREMENTS & GENERAL 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 several hotel options are available.

GROUND TRANSPORT

Ground transport by registered taxi operators is suggested and can be arranged in advance for groups.

MADE IN KINGSTON

Consistent with major cities around the world increased corporate presence and investment in downtown Kingston has created a cosmopolitan vibe, which includes many world class restaurants, hotels, lounges and a wide variety of leisure activities. However, Jamaican culture—music, film, food and canibus–made Kingston an intriguing destination and laid the groundwork for the transformation of this great city long before the corporate world embraced its value.
Fun facts about Kingston:

Kingston is the birthplace of Rocksteady, Ska, Dub, Reggae, Dancehall, EDM, and Hip Hop/Rap, which makes it’s influence on today’s popular music trends second to no other city or country in the world
Bob Marley came of age in downtown Kingston’s Trench Town community, along with many other key figures in reggae music and is regarded as the epic-center of the reggae genre
Kingston is host to many major annual events, to include conferences, sporting events, concerts, showcases, fashion week, restaurant week, and more
Kingston is surrounded by the most lush forms of nature, such as the Blue Mountains, Red Hills, Long Mountain and the Kingston Harbour
Kingston Harbor is the seventh largest natural harbor in the world
Kingston was founded on 22 July 1692, as a place for refugees and survivors of the 1692 earthquake that destroyed Port Royal
In 2012 the population of Jamaica was estimated to be around 2.9 million. The population of Kingston area (Kingston and St. Andrew Parish) was estimated at approx. 651,880
Over 1 million tourists visit Jamaica every year.

EXPLORE JA

See the land that has inspired three major genres while influencing the world. We encourage JMC patrons to conscientiously explore Jamaica’s natural beauty, as there is so many amazing things to experience on this island of paradise.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

The JMC is guided by three principles embodied by the acronym S.E.E. – Service, Education and Entertainment. Service is represented by the JMC Service Day, which includes program events at selected local Jamaican high schools that include garden revitalization projects, music business education and student performances. Education is represented by the JMC panel discussions and workshops. Entertainment is represented by shining a spotlight on up and coming new artists with showcases, as well as highlighting sound system culture and business.

HISTORY

In 2013, the JMC began as just a panel discussion, which included an exploration of music publishing. The panel evolved into a music business conference with a primary focus on strengthening Independent Music Professionals (IMP) navigating the Jamaica music industry. The Jamaica Music Conference LLC was officially established in 2015.

Historically speaking, Jamaica is a Culture Creator. Music has consistently evolved into a global cultural exchange, which is more evident on today’s pop charts than ever before. Check Billboard’s Hot 100, listen to the music of recent Grammy nominees and winners, or turn on local radio anywhere in the world today and you’ll hear fragments of the very fabric of Jamaican music. Additionally, entire genres (ska, rap, hip hop, and EDM) are born out of Jamaican music, which makes the island the original and ongoing lifeblood of popular music trends. This also makes Jamaica the perfect setting to dialogue, discuss and develop strategies for those operating within, and outside, the Jamaican music industry alike.

THE TEAM

Founded by attorney, artist and activist Kwasi Bonsu, the team has organically bootstrapped its way through 5 years of remarkable music service, education and industry practitioner engagement. JMCs core team is a collective of entrepreneurs across various industries and includes: attorneys, artists, musicians, public speakers, marketing mavericks, public relations professionals and event producers located in Washington DC, New York City, Atlanta, Miami and Jamaica. Their grassroots and authentic passion-driven approach to outreach has grown the JMC brand and team, year after year.

Where is the capital for Reggae Music?

If you said Kingston Jamaica, you share the people of Jamaica and the JMC’s view. Kingston is also the capital of Rock Steady, Ska and is the soil that gave rise to the fertile seed of hip hop!

The JMC conference takes place in Kingston Jamaica at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus. Music is made all day, every day in Kingston!  Kingston is the heart of Jamaica’s music industry and represents the epi-center of reggae music globally.  This fact is evidenced by the fact that if you have a hit song in Kingston, it is pretty much certain you have the ears of the global consumer base.

In the 70s, 80s and 90s Kingston received a reputation for violence and as a result visitors to the area declined.  Since its dark days under the cloud of political violence, Kingston has come a long way and while not crime free, is host to several major events yearly (including conferences, showcases, fashion week, restaurant week, etc.).

Consistent with other major cities around the world, the private sector has started to increase their investment in the Kingston area.  Multinational company Digi Cell moved their headquarters to downtown Kingston and the city has recently become home to a corporate friendly bowling alley and is home to many world class restaurants.

Kingston Harbor is also the seventh largest natural harbor in the world. With the widening of the Panama Canal, it is certain that private capital will continue to poor into Kingston to take advantage of this natural gift.

The creative industries have always played a role in the positive development of Kingston.  In the age of digitization and globalization, through the principle of collective security and by harnessing the power inherent in their intellectual property, creative Jamaicans have a unique opportunity to be active participants in the transformation of their city.

Kingston is surrounded by the Blue Mountains, Red Hills, Long Mountain and the Kingston Harbour. Kingston was founded on 22 July 1692, as a place for refugees and survivors of the 1692 earthquake that destroyed Port Royal. In 2012 the population of Jamaica was estimated to be around 2.9 million. The population of Kingston area (Kingston and St. Andrew Parish) was estimated at approx.651,880 Over 1 million tourists visit Jamaica every year.

• Kingston is home to Usain Bolt’s renown restaurant, Tracks and Records.

• Kingston is home to Emancipation park, Devon House and Hope road gardens.