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Caribbean’s #1 Music Business Conference Returns in August

PORT OF SPAIN — The Artiste Management Music Business Conference (AMMBCON), the Caribbean’s #1 music business conference, is now open for registration at www.ammbcon.com.

Scheduled for August 19-21, 2015 at University of Trinidad and Tobago’s North Port of Spain Campus, AMMBCON designed panels and workshops to offer artistes, producers, songwriters and managers with practical, action-oriented advice and solutions to the problems they’re facing. Topics range from how to market yourself effectively, how manage bookings, how jumpstart songwriting creativity, and how to produce ear-catching music.

The Codrington Pan Family (AMMBCon Photo)
The Codrington Pan Family (AMMBCon Photo)

“We know you may be thinking ‘another music conference?’” said ASK Promotions/AMMBCON CEO Stephen Howard. “But this isn’t one of those events where industry insiders preach and artistes walk away with little to help them move to the next level. AMMBCON is open to all Caribbean artistes who want to gain control over their music careers and make money in today’s entertainment world.”

AMMBCON 2015 features top music experts from renowned organizations such as:
· Grammy Recording Academy
· South by Southwest (SXSW)
· YouTube
· The Bellamy Group
· Platinum Productions & Media
· After Touch Music
· VIP-bookings.com
· WOMEX, Piranha Arts
· CidaCo
· Vibe Magazine

For as little as $500 TTD participants get three days of mind-blowing sessions and a chance to showcase for a chance to perform at music events throughout the world – like South by Southwest (SXSW) 2016 in Austin, Texas.

SXSW Booking Programmer Todd Puckhaber has been an AMMBCON panelist the last two years and credits his decision to create the only country-specific showcase for Trinidad & Tobago at SXSW 2015 to his participation at the conference.

“Without AMMBCON, I doubt I would have been exposed to T&T talent,” Puckhaber said. “There is a lot of undiscovered talent in the Caribbean and AMMBCON seems to be one of the few organizations trying to develop talent for the international market.”

Roger Corbin, CEO of Platinum Productions & Media, says AMMBCON’s ability to give artistes a platform to display their talent is a major benefit.

“AMMBCON impresses me with its ability to connect with the community and give the talented artiste an opportunity to learn about the entertainment business and a platform to display their talent,” Corbin said. “It’s an outlet to showcase the local talent to a global audience and present them with the necessary tools for success in a very competitive industry.”

Check out www.ammbcon.com for full registration and conference information or call 1-868-341-7896.

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Positive’s Gospel Reggae Album Debuts in Billboard Top 10

Stand And Be Counted debuts at #9 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.
Stand And Be Counted debuts at #9 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

New York, NY – Gospel reggae star Joel “Positive” Murray debuts on Billboard with his new hit album Stand And Be Counted, which is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on May 5, 2015), from FOX FUSE. The album debuted at #9 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart (dated week of May 23, 2015), marking the first Billboard appearance for this inspirational artist, for his third full-length studio effort.

Hailing from the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Positive garners international spotlight for the niche Gospel reggae genre and reinforces his reign at its forefront. Embodying a triple threat – an extraordinary singer, prolific songwriter and genre-bending producer – Stand And Be Counted showcases his seasoned vocals, lyrics and production skills as his divine talents shine on its 15 glorious tracks.

“It is absolutely remarkable to be charting on Billboard and I’m ecstatic because of what this means for Gospel reggae and for the music of Trinidad and Tobago on a whole,” states Positive. “It isn’t just for me but also for everyone who supports the Gospel and good music – we are in the top 10 of Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart. The entire globe is listening so we will keep sending inspiring messages as we seek to make a positive difference in the world. This is a call to Stand And Be Counted!”

The album also debuted at #1 on the iTunes Trinidad and Tobago national Top Albums chart and peaked at #21 on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Top Albums chart. It is currently featured on the iTunes U.S. Reggae section, receiving a top banner on the Reggae page since its release on May 5.

Putting a positive spin on reggae music, fused with contemporary Gospel, soca, dancehall and Afrobeat, Positive has earned acclaim from music critics and fans alike, ever since hitting the music scene eight years ago. He was the most-nominated artist (13 nominations) and top honoree (eight wins) at the 2014 Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards (held in Nassau, Bahamas in July 2014), where he received the top awards including Song Of The Year for “Blessing After Blessing” and Album Of The Year for Forever My King, released in December 2012 from FOX FUSE.

Stand And Be Counted sees collaborations with American Gospel star Jonathan McReynolds on its lead track “All Over The World,” which is co-produced by pop-reggae heavyweight producer Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee, and American Christian pop singer V. Rose on “Scars.” It also boasts production from stellar names in pop, Gospel, reggae and soca music, including aforementioned Grammy-winning Supa Dups and Grammy-nominated producer Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer, soca heavy-hitter Precision Productions along with JLab Pro and Deer Panteth Productions from Trinidad, and Barbwiya Music of Jamaica, all joining forces with Positive, who produced the majority of the album for his own imprint Bricksvale Records.

With such positive reception of his album internationally, Positive is definitely being counted, by fans and now industry alike. For further information on Positive, log on to PositiveTNT.com, and follow his musical mission at Facebook.com/PositiveTNT, Twitter.com/PositiveTNT and Instagram.com/PositiveTNT. Please direct all press inquiries to the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 1-212-300-3813 or contact@foxfuse.com.

TRACK LIST

1. Intro
2. Stand And Be Counted
3. Two Man Army
4. Notice Of Eviction
5. Identify
6. Encounter
7. Scars Featuring V. Rose
8. Mighty Healer
9. Blessing After Blessing
10. All Over The World Featuring Jonathan McReynolds
11. Lift The Praises
12. All of My Heart
13. Rise Again Featuring DJ Nicholas
14. Man On Fire
15. Mountain Mover

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Greater International Prospects for Caribbean Music

listenGrowing the multi- million dollar Caribbean Music Industry will be a major focus of the 3rd CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum which will be held April 15-16 at the Hilton Rose Hall, Montego Bay Jamaica.
David Sanders, Producer at Coke Studio Africa, Eldar Ástþórsson, Senior PR Manager – Europe, CCP Games and Ylir Music Fund, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson, Performer/Artiste and Jeffrey “Assassin” Campbell, Jamaican/International Reggae Entertainer are among the experts who will be leading the discussions on opportunities to be further explored under the European Partnership Agreement (EPA) and some of the challenges facing the industry including intellectual property considerations. Optimising the industry’s close linkages with tourism development and other key sectors will also be among the matters to be explored.
The Forum which is being hosted by the Caribbean Export Development Agency, (Caribbean Export) is expected to attract some 150 key stakeholders from the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Pacific. It will also unveil sector study findings, propose potential value propositions for the industry and explore competitive advantages to make for greater strengthening of linkages between major players in the region and international partners. According to Pamela Coke Hamilton, Caribbean Export’s Executive Director, “the strength of our Caribbean artistes in live performances on the lucrative summer music festival scene in Europe is an avenue for greater opportunity. There is also an increasing appetite from Europeans for our music especially in clubs. It is my belief that we also need to further leverage technological advancements in the industry and the ever expanding distribution channels in digital music.”
Caribbean music has carved out its unique niche with its rich history, distinctive sounds and magnetic world appeal for an ever expanding range of music genres which is estimated to surpass over 100. They range from the Jamaican mento, ska, reggae and dancehall, to the Trinidadian calypso and soca (soul calypso). They also include kaiso, zouk, meringue, salsa, and bachata.
Many of the region’s artistes such as Jamaica’s reggae icon, Bob Marley and Trinidad’s Slinger Fransisco “the Mighty Sparrow,” have had successful careers with numerous international hits and copping a myriad of music awards to their fame. The region’s music continues to make a significant impact on other allied creative sectors including film, the fine arts, theatre, publishing, dance, fashion, advertising, special events/festivals, tourism, politics, health and other social well-being communications.
In Jamaica, the reggae industry is estimated to generate over J$250mn per annum with Reggae Sumfest alone reportedly attracting over 30,000 visitors who spend millions of dollars during their stay. The country also boasts the highest number of recording studios per square mile anywhere in the world and producing the most new releases per capita.
“We also expect the Forum to explore the reasons why other genres may not have had the same level of success as reggae in market penetration and the environment which needs to be created to make for similar or even greater success. The Forum will be making some strong recommendations to CARIFORUM governments as well as the EU regarding incentives that can further drive growth for this very important creative industry,” stated Ms Coke- Hamilton.
Caribbean artistes and their music are increasingly playing an important role in advocacy wellbeing social media advertising campaigns treating with major issues such as crime and aids. Music has even permeated the education sector with universities including the region’s own University of the West Indies and the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts embracing the study and impact of the Caribbean art form in their cultural programmes.
The CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum is organised in collaboration with the ACP Business Climate facility (BizClim). It seeks to enhance partnerships between Caribbean businesses and those in Europe, enable public-private dialogue and support the business climate reform agenda in the Caribbean. The Forum will also focus on agro-processing (cocoa, herbs and spices) and higher education.