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The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will be restructured to serve as an incubator to develop the nation’s talent to go on the world’s stage.

Speaking during the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 18, Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said the Commission will take responsibility to register all artistes who come through the school competitions and all other practitioners who wish to use their talents for commercial benefit.

“In other words, if you need a dance company or band or fine artist, you may apply to the JCDC and a commercial contract would allow you to purchase that product,” she said.

The JCDC celebrates 50 years this year as the principal agency for the unearthing, developing and showcasing of talents across the country.

Established in 1963, the JCDC was originally known as the Festival Office of Jamaica. In 1968 it evolved into the Festival Commission, a burgeoning force for cultural development on behalf of the Government.

An Act of Parliament in September (Act 32 of 1968) broadened its mandate to encourage the annual Independence Anniversary Celebrations throughout the island, as well as to stimulate the development of local talents.

Contact: Chris Patterson