Breaks for bajan artistes

There have been immediate benefits from the just concluded Caribbean Music Summit. Some artistes were granted opportunities of a lifetime from some participating industry professionals.

Eric Shienkop of Music Dealers announced last night he had made a commitment to some artistes and would be selecting a few to work with before departing the island. Shienkop also said Music Dealers was keen on developing a relationship with Barbados and would be working with the Ministry of Culture to find more opportunities for more local artists to perform at world-class events.

Eric Shienkop
Eric Shienkop

Barbadian singer/songwriter Akasha Kunar, a University of the West Indies student who took two years off to pursue a music career, was offered an internship with the United States-based VP Records through Richard Lue, vice-president of business
development.

Akasha Kunar
Akasha Kunar

At the Barbadian summit, Kunar had raised questions during a panel discussion about whether or not the music executives on the panel would be interested in having interns from the industry in Barbados shadow them to learn more about various aspects of the industry.

At the time, Lue had commended her and jokingly offered her an internship on the spot. He later followed up with a serious proposal.

Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley praised the summit for its good work over the three days РР Friday to Sunday last, and specifically thanked the reps from Music Dealers and Matthew Knowles whom he acknowledged as a hit with the artistes. He also pointed out film producer Elvin Ross who works closely with Tyler Perry, calling on him to seriously consider Barbados as a domicile for future movies.

Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley and Music World Entertainment CEO Matthew Knowles.
Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley and Music World Entertainment CEO Matthew Knowles.

The minister said there would be continuing dialogue, so possibly annual opportunities in different parts of the world could be open to interns. 

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