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  • The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment is reporting positive feedback from the public regarding its plans to establish an Entertainment Registry.
  • While the public response has been good, the Ministry is hoping to increase the number of persons who have signed on to the registry.
  • The Entertainment Ministry is embarking on a marketing campaign to further publicise the project, which has a deadline of July 31.

The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment is reporting positive feedback from the public regarding its plans to establish an Entertainment Registry, aimed at certifying and registering local entertainment practitioners.

This was disclosed by State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Damion Crawford, at Wednesday’s (June 11) Jamaica House media briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister.

However, Mr. Crawford noted that while the public response has been good, the Ministry is hoping to increase the number of persons who have signed on to the registry.

He said the Entertainment Ministry is embarking on a marketing campaign to further publicise the project, which has a deadline of July 31.

“The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is in the process of designing a full campaign for us,” he informed.

Mr. Crawford also noted that the Ministry has been in dialogue with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to facilitate an amendment in the 1999 Place of Amusement Regulation.

The regulation requires that organisers of entertainment events present an insurance agreement before they can be granted a licence to stage activities surrounding the registry.

The State Minister said the amendment is to make it necessary for the promoter to be registered to apply for a place of amusement licence.

He said the Ministry of Labour and Social Security will be taking a Paper to Parliament in the near future to facilitate this change.

Importantly, he emphasised that while all other entertainment practitioners have the option of registering, it will be mandatory for all promoters of entertainment events, as this is the only way they will obtain a Place of Amusement licence.

The entertainment registry will provide a central portal for listing Jamaican entertainment services and companies.

This will include their key profile and contact information; legitimise the entertainment industry for greater economic benefit; facilitate efficiency and transparency within the entertainment industry, and provide for the free movement of creative skills internationally and across the region.

The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment will manage the registry, through its Entertainment Board and in tandem with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.

Persons will be able to register at the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment or any of the parish council offices islandwide.

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