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JCDC Festival Song Competition Closes Friday, May 16

A final call is being made for entries in the 2014 Jamaica Festival Song Competition. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, which organizes the competition, will accept entries up to the close of business on Friday, May 16, 2014.

Ahead of the closing of entries, JCDC Festival Song Competition Coordinator, David Reid is reminding persons that entry forms and guidelines are available on the JCDC website: www.jcdc.gov.jm and all the JCDC Parish offices island-wide. The competition is open to Jamaican citizens and all other persons residing in Jamaica for a period of not less than two (2) years prior to the closing date.

The completed entry form with an original signature should be submitted to the JCDC Head Office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10, or any of the parish offices island-wide. Entries should also include a non-refundable entry fee of J$1000, typed lyric sheets and a CD containing the song which should be no more than four minutes in length.

Mr Reid notes that, “the entries should encapsulate the Jamaican spirit, generate public interest and patriotism and provide a musical backdrop to this year’s Independence Festival celebration.”

The Festival Song Competition has been a signature JCDC programme serving as a musical platform for cultural exposition and for entrants to make an indelible mark on Jamaica and the world. The competition boasts past winners such as: Toots and the Maytals, Desmond Decker, Eric Donaldson, Roy Rayon and Stanley Beckford.

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