2013 Reggae Month Calendar Event In Jamaica
ABOUT JaRIA: The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association’s History
Over the years, the Jamaican Music Industry and its members suffered from unnecessary conflicts and setback because of disunity and not having one independent, organized voice that can speak authoritatively on issues affecting the entire sector. Further, there was no single organization that private, public, national and international entities could formally communicate with; knowing that it represents, and will disseminate information to, and receive reliable, authentic feedback and responses from a broad cross-section of the industry. This created a splintered approach to our affairs, and caused many lost opportunities and benefits. While the existing organizations all play essential roles, the scope of their work and representation is limited to their membership.
The planning committee for Reggae Month 2009 brought many industry players together in January, in a series of intensive, critical, analytic and introspective discussions on the state and future direction of the Reggae industry. This prompted a resolution to attempt, yet again, to establish an umbrella organisational structure which would have the clout to authoritatively speak on behalf of the entire sector.
The main objective of this body is to reposition Jamaica at the centre of the global Reggae movement and culture, with the primary aim of commencing the complex process of repatriating our birthright and patrimony.Since then, the driving motivator for JaRIA has been to develop the organisational capacity encapsulating all elements of the sector so as to successfully compete on the world stage with the appropriate benefits accruing to the Jamaican economy.
JaRIA is the organizational vehicle through which industry professionals can continuously collaborate with each other, as one united, independent collective of interests.
To represent the interests of our members, foster their economic and professional growth while contributing to the development of Jamaica and Jamaica’s Music Industry.
To unite all persons and organizations within the Music and Entertainment Industry and thereby become the most effective trade association in Jamaica, providing superior service to the Music Industry.
To establish and maintain an independent, non-aligned, non-governmental, non-profit organization, serving the needs of the Jamaican Music Industry.
To unite and further the common interests of all individuals, institutions, organizations and firms directly and indirectly involved in music and the music industry in Jamaica
To promote and provide opportunities for the continued development of Members by facilitating access to networking, education, training and capacity building.
To facilitate access to information about all possible financial support and opportunities available within the public and private sectors locally and overseas for Members.
To provide a forum for Members to discuss industry concerns and opportunities and, where relevant, to lobby The Jamaican government and its agencies to protect and preserve the industry and its members.
To canvas and lobby international organisations, agencies and foreign governments in collaborative efforts.
To reposition Jamaica as the centre of the global Reggae movement and culture.
To commence the complex process of repatriating our musical birthright and patrimony.
To play a lead role in the annual planning and organising of reggae month, including its program and activities.
To be an exemplary global music community for broadly increasing the economic, social and cultural wealth of Jamaica and JaRIA’s members in particular.