Programme Overview | JaMM Symposium 2014

Programme Overview

Project Concepts and Objectives

Kingston, Jamaica is well recognized and regarded as an outstanding cultural city,
however the cultural industries in Jamaica has not realized the full potential for measurable
growth and as an engine for social and economic development.

Jamaican music has a diversified set of genres which are internationally viable for
income generation. In fact, in some instances, others have claimed aspects of our music and
have better organized and capitalized on the unique Jamaican cultural creations to produce
significant income for themselves.

Similar to other international cultural cities of note, such as London and Paris, we pose
the question “what needs to be effected in Jamaica to move our cultural industries forward and
help to build Jamaica?”

The Business of Jamaica’s Music and Cultural Industries symposium has two main objectives:
1) to facilitate a “meeting of the mind” environment where selected presenters and leaders
in the area of music, business, finance, government and international trade will meet to discuss and
exchange ideas as to how to maximize the potential of the Jamaican Cultural Industries. The output
is to develop a set of concrete recommendations which will be used as a strategic framework
for the emergence or restructure of the business of Jamaica’s Cultural Industries as catalysts in the
recovery of Jamaica’s economy;
2) to establish a Steering Committee, whose work and function will be to manage the
roadmap agreed through the symposium. The Steering Committee will establish and manage
any necessary business connections; ie. private and public sector, service clubs and social
organizations, to stimulate, facilitate and pilot specific investment projects and goals. It is
anticipated that the Steering Committee will be funded initially through an earmark from CHASE
FUNDS; and thereafter through ongoing contributions from both private and public sector
It should be noted that, as needed, certain national initiatives are now managed through divisions of
the Institute of Jamaica. In a similar vein the Steering Committee will be operated at the offices of the Jamaica Music Museum.

Day 1

“The Development of Jamaica’s Cultural Industries” 

Session 1     What are the dimensions of Jamaica’s cultural industries?

This discussion will define the cultural industry; look at the history of culture in Jamaica and the development of the cultural industries; and the challenges the industries face especially the film and music industries.

Moderator:     Dr Rosalea Hamilton
Panellists:        Dr Marcia Forbes, Ms Justine Henzell, Dr Dennis Howard, Mr Carlos Malcolm, Dr Janice Lindsay


Session 2    Creative Entrepreneurship Among Young Jamaicans in the Industry

This discussion will examine the distinctive experiences of establishing businesses that involve the protection, promotion and monetization of creative capital of individuals and/or groups; including the challenges of operating as a creative entrepreneur in the local and global market.

Moderator:     Dr Deborah Hickling
Panellists:        Ms Tanya Batson-Savage, Ms Joan Webley, Mr Harold Davis, Mr Seretse Small, Mr Sheldon Shepherd (No-Maddz)

Session 3     Banking on Jamaica’s Cultural and Creative Brands: Elements for Success

This discussion will emphasize the factors that contribute to the success of the Jamaican music industry and how investors can mitigate risk within the industry.

Moderator:     Dr Dennis Howard
Panellists:        Mr Wayne Chen, Mr Kingsley Cooper, Mr Jerome Hamilton, Mr Nathan Robb

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:    Mr Christopher Issa – Capitalising on Jamaica’s Cultural Industries


AFTER SYM JaMM AT 6:00 P.M. featuring WARM & Easy

Day 2

“Identifying and Raising Capital for Investment in the Creative Industries”


Session 1     Meeting the entrepreneurial challenges facing the potential investor.

This panel will discuss the common fears of the potential investor locally, internationally and from the Diaspora; the conditions for investment to be considered; the various financial products available to the cultural industries and the requirements to access these products.

Moderator:     Mr Milton Samuda
Panellists:        Mr Chris Browne, Mr Gussie Clarke, Ms Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Mr Christopher Issa


Session 2 Exploring Internet Opportunities

presented compliments of



Presenters: Mr Devon Hunter & Ms Analisa Chapman


Session 3 Sponsorships, Grants, Endorsements and Venture Capital

Primarily a workshop on how to solicit sponsorships, grants and endorsements, this panel will consist of decision makers from major companies and performers who currently have endorsement deals; a look at how to develop a venture capital facility.

Moderator:       Mr Ralston Hyman
Panellists:        Mrs Paulette Mitchell, Mr Clyde McKenzie, Ms Tahnida Nunes, Ms Audrey Richards, Mr Charles Ross


Session 4      A Journey in Music: Conversation with Mr Carlos Malcolm by Mr Herbie Miller


KEYNOTE SPEAKER:    Mr James ‘Jimmy’ Moss-Solomon  -  Innovative Management of the Jamaican Cultural Industries


After Sym JaMM at the Lecture Hall of the Institute of Jamaica featuring L’Acadco, Charmaine Limonius and Congo Billy.