More than 15 critical panels, workshops, independent music artist showcases and a community service day are slated to be held in various venues across the Kingston area, including Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, University of the West Indies (Mona), House of Dancehall, Jamnesia, Kingston Dub Club and Boardwalk Beach. Set against the backdrop of the conference’s theme, “Constructive Conversations: Dialogue, Discussion and Development,” adding to the JMC’s appeal in this 6th installment are the high-profile keynote music industry panelists and artists scheduled to participate in the conference, with some big announcements planned for the coming weeks. The Jamaica Music Conference continues to shine a positive light on the country’s largest export, Reggae and Dancehall music, and its influence in the global music industry.
Hundreds of participants are anticipated from Jamaica, other Caribbean countries, the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond, and registration for JMC is now open at www.jamaicamusicconference.
Open to all creatives and professionals across music genres, JMC is setting the landscape for building and sustaining a healthy Jamaican music industry. Past performers and panelists like Tony Rebel, Ronnie Burke, Robert Livingston, Nikki Z, Michie Mee, Winford Williams, Michael Skolnik, Bob Andy, Junior Reid, Nadine Sutherland, Protoje, Copeland Forbes, Kelissa, King Addies, Kilamanjaro, Ricky Trooper, Hon. Olivia Grange, Rory “Stone Love”, Tessanne Chin, Agent Sasco, Mutabaruka, Christopher Martin, Duane Stephenson, Damon Vanzant, Irie Jam Radio, Irish and Chin and Ibo Cooper of JaRIA have helped shape the JMC as the leading annual conference of its kind, providing music industry education, networking and collaboration in Jamaica. In addition to the annual conference, the “JMC Strategic Planning and Sponsor Outreach Meeting Series” has sparked a huge buzz for the upcoming JMC amongst Jamaican music and culture stakeholders in locations across North America.
The JMC was founded by Kwasi Osei Bonsu, Esq., Julian Haffner, Esq. and entertainment executive Kairee “S.I.G.H.” Griffin. Bonsu and Haffner met at Howard University Law School and bonded over their common interest in intellectual property. Bonsu, who was born in Jamaica and now resides in the U.S., is the CEO of JMC, and doubles as conscious artist Dejazmatch Kwasi. Other managing members who serve/support JMC include Wolde Philpotts and Karen Marie Mason. Notably, Jamaican residents Kareece Lawrence who coordinates production, and Joan Webley who manages operations in Jamaica, joined the JMC management team in 2016. A growing brand and team, in 2017, Christine M. Coley of Impulse Nation joined the team to manage marketing and sponsorship development. Lloyd A.W. Stanbury, OD serves as a JMC advisor.