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  • The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is reminding songwriters and performers to submit their entries for the 2015 Festival Song Competition by the deadline of Friday, February 27.
  • Entry forms and guidelines are available on the JCDC website, www.jcdc.gov.jm; its head office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10; and all JCDC parish offices island-wide.
  • The competition is open to Jamaican citizens and persons residing in the country for a period of not less than two years prior to the closing date of entry.

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is reminding songwriters and performers to submit their entries for the 2015 Festival Song Competition by the deadline of Friday, February 27.

Entry forms and guidelines are available on the JCDC website, www.jcdc.gov.jm; its head office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10; and all JCDC parish offices island-wide.

“We encourage all the producers, singers, songwriters, to get involved this year and to really celebrate Jamaica,” said JCDC Festival Song Coordinator, David Reid, in an interview with JIS News.

“Remember that the entry can be any genre of Jamaican music, but we want it to be catchy, we want it to be inspiring and we want it to be uplifting,” he pointed out.

Mr. Reid said that entries must include a completed application form with an original signature, typed lyric sheets, a non-refundable entry fee of J$1,000, and a CD containing the song, which should be no longer than four minutes.

The finals of the competition will be held late July, which is several months away, but Mr. Reid said that adequate time is needed to select the songs, stage auditions to choose the top 10 finalists, and to prepare them to display their talent to the public.

“The JCDC’s mission is to unearth, develop and showcase Jamaica’s talent and so the development takes place when we have the 10 finalists in workshops, where we do stage craft, voice training, stage appearances, and interview techniques and get them ready for the public by the time we do the album launch,” he said.

Mr. Reid told JIS News that there is a lot of interest in the competition.

“We are expecting to have an influx of entries based on the calls that have been coming in to the JCDC’s offices island-wide. We are expecting to surpass the number of entries last year. We are expecting to have a good crop of singers and songwriters,” he said.

The competition is open to Jamaican citizens and persons residing in the country for a period of not less than two years prior to the closing date of entry.

 

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