CaMINO: Caribbean Music Industry Networking Organization

reggaeAt a meeting at the World Music Expo recently, there was discussion of the future of CaMINO (Caribbean Music Industry Networking Organization) a networking group that was formed at the CARIFORUM-European Union Economic Partnership Agreement Workshop that was held in Martinique this September. Representatives from Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, and Trinidad and Tobago have come together out of a need to address common issues related to Caribbean music. The organization is being formalized to provide a forum for education, discussion, and collaboration between stakeholders in Caribbean music.

Interim co-chairman for CaMINO, Howard McIntosh, says that he believes much can be achieved through this move by the different countries, for example, greater bargaining power in the music business, adding that the organization is prepared for the problems that may arise among the countries, with each having its unique perspective: “Inevitably, we are going to have issues but we see them more as challenges that we will try to overcome. We just have to keep the focus on what the organization is trying to achieve.” McIntosh explains that the group is open to everyone that has a stake in the music industry, although more focused on entrepreneurs and business people in the music industry. He also stresses that the organization has seen support from the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) and the University of the West Indies. CEDA has committed to work with the group to facilitate the vision to drive the ownership and export potential of Caribbean music globally. The organization will try to address issues such as royalty collection, intellectual property, training and education of industry practitioners within the region, and lobbying heads of CARICOM/CARIFORUM to support music industry initiatives.

Howard McIntosh is also vice-chairman of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association, a member of the Jamaica Tourism Board, and Reggae Month Committee chairman.

For full article, see http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20091109/ent/ent1.html

Image from Jamaican Dawta’s “Celebrating the Reggaelution,” post on Reggae Month, from http://jamaicandawta.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/celebrating-the-reggaelution/

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