‘Historic’ music summit
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Over the last three days, top music managers from around the world gathered in Barbados for the inaugural annual Caribbean Music Summit.
The summit, held at Hilton Barbados, featured many top industry professionals, including Music World Entertainment CEO Matthew Knowles, composer and film-maker Elvin Ross, Coca-Cola’s global music marketing head Joe Belliotti and Music Dealers CEO Eric Sheinkop, among others.
Event participants benefited from keynote addresses and workshops, and even some tough love and advice from the professionals.
Summit co-founder Mark Frieser told Bajan Vibes at the opening that the three-day affair was aimed at creating more opportunities for local artistes.
“We tried to bring some of the industry leaders in music, from management, from brands, to come together with people here on island and to experience the culture, the diversity of music, and get to connect with the people who are producing and writing the music . . . . It gives the people in Barbados a great opportunity to learn from the people who make the music industry happen,” he said.
Frieser said summit organizers had chosen Barbados as their venue simply because “it was the perfect place in terms of an area of the Caribbean that has a great diversity of music that will allow you to experience a lot of music and talent, and it then allows us to create an event to have something where we are working alongside the island”.
Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley in his address said he was excited about the opportunities the summit would offer artistes in Barbados and the Caribbean.
“Our musicians in Barbados and in the wider entertainment cross section would have experienced many phenomenal things, and they would have made a number of connections, and they would have a made a number of partnerships.
“Of course, they would have journeyed far and near, but nothing, in my mind, could surpass this particular opportunity to engage with a number of movers and shakers in the entertainment industry than to have a Caribbean music summit right here in Barbados. From the outset I would like to therefore thank the vision of Mark Frieser and Farinoush Mostaghimi and their partners for their initiative,” he said.
Lashley added that he believed that by hosting this event, the organizers, along with the Ministry of Sports and Youth and the Ministry of Tourism were creating history in the region.
“. . . It is very important that from our perspective, we build synergies; that we build the kind of collaborations that would rapidly take us to different markets in a way that we could not do individually. As Minister Responsible for Culture in Barbados, I am extremely happy to be apart of this historic event.”
Lashley said thes summit could not have come at a better time. He announced on Sunday that the much talked about Cultural Industries Act had now been in full effect.
“. . . In the Barbadian context, this is very special because today [February 1] marks the effective date upon which the Cultural Industries Development Act comes into effect . . . . This legislation has been in the embryonic stage for many years.”
Music World Entertainment CEO Knowles, the father of international superstar Beyonce, in one of his many energetic and informative speeches, encouraged those gathered to be passionate about their craft and to be willing to put in the work.
He further encouraged them to be realistic about what they were doing, and truly find what they were good at and hone that skill.
The summit ended on Sunday with a showcase that afforded some artistes the opportunity to showcase their talents.