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  • As of July 31, promoters and organisers of entertainment events will be required to have their events rated.
  • The introduction of an event rating system for the entertainment industry is aimed at providing the public with a guide to information on what is expected and the types of content suitable for varying audiences.
  • The matrix will therefore indicate what utterances, actions, and types of activities can be promoted at these events.

As of July 31, promoters and organisers of entertainment events will be required to have their events rated, based on stipulations outlined by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment.

The introduction of an event rating system for the entertainment industry is aimed at providing the public with a guide to information on what is expected and the types of content suitable for varying audiences.

Speaking at a recent Think Tank session, State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford explained that the event ratings will advise persons of the expected content of events that are sanctioned by the Government through the provision of the Places of Amusement license and police permit.

He said it will also assist parents and guardians in the decision-making process to evaluate events their children are exposed to and provide an independent mechanism for potential sponsors and funders, to evaluate expected content.

“There will be ratings starting from ‘G’, ‘PG16’, ‘PG’, ‘R’ and ‘X’, and each of them will have that matrix which the artiste will be able to look at and know what should not be included,” Mr. Crawford said.

He pointed out that the matrix will therefore indicate what utterances, actions, and types of activities can be promoted at these events.

“So, for example, utterances and references to violence cannot be in a G rating, but it can be in a ‘PG’ rating. The matrix will be on the application forms, so artistes and promoters will have full knowledge to then decide their ratings,” Minister Crawford explained.

He noted that promoters and event organisers will need to indicate the rating that will be applied to the event, in their application to the parish councils for Places of Amusement licenses.
Once the rating is affixed to the event, all visual and promotional materials must be in accordance with the stipulated rating.

Promoters who breach the terms of the rating agreed on will lose points from their licenses and will eventually be unable to have further promotions.