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YOUNG PRODUCERS AND PERFORMERS NEEDED FOR 2010 FESTIVAL SONG

Young producers, singers and songwriters are being invited to submit entries for the 2010 Jamaica Festival Song Competition. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), organizers of the annual competition is encouraging the full participation of upcoming music professionals in this year’s staging.

According to newly appointed Festival Song Coordinator, David Reid, the competition will return with a fresh and youthful approach. Aspiring artistes and their producers will not only vie for the million dollar prize, but will have the opportunity to expose their talent and position themselves for success in today’s competitive music industry.

Selecting the winning song will begin with the submission of a recorded version of the entry followed by rigourous live eliminations before the top ten finalists are selected. According to Reid, workshops and other training will also be an integral part of the selection process.


2010 participants will be involved in the production of a compilation album, individual music videos and an island tour before the finals set for July. In addition, finalists will also benefit from increased marketing and public relations support to be provided by the Commission this year.

Interested persons may contact the offices of the JCDC or log on to www.jcdc.org. jm for more information. Entries must be submitted by Friday, February 26 and accompanied by a type-written lyric sheet.

Over the years, the Festival Song Competition has been responsible for developing the careers of many artistes, including reggae icon Bob Marley, Ernie Smith, Toots Hibbert and more recently, Bescenta, Khago and Ieye.