Shaggy to Speak at the 7th Annual Jamaica Music Conference (JMC) During Reggae Month








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Plans for Reggae Month in Jamaica this February are shaping up quite nicely. And amidst an amazing line up of dedicated events, activities and celebrations is the Jamaica Music Conference, aka JMC, which takes place in Kingston, Jamaica, February 13-16, 2020, under the central theme of “Reggae Mek’ka Jamaica: Vision 2020.

Via illustrious partnerships with the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JARIA), Solid Agency, and other industry stakeholders, JMC has notably solidified its place in Jamaica’s famed Reggae Month landscape and calendar and has expanded its offerings respectively, promising Reggae music industry professionals, artists and creatives an intense and enhanced, multifaceted program. Moreover, Reggae entertainment stalwart Sharon Burke’s involvement as co-producer has yielded a wealth of increased industry, corporate and artist participation and partnership including the addition of giant music streaming platform Youtube to the program.

“This partnership was inevitable as Solid Agency has stood strong as a forerunner in the entertainment industry for years. We could not pass up an opportunity to partner with JMC to further contribute to the most far reaching aspect of Jamaica’s culture, the music”, states Solid Agency founder and CEO, Sharon Burke.


With more than 30 panel discussions, workshops, plenaries, networking opportunities, entertainment showcases, artist features, exhibitions and special events planned, the 7th Annual JMC will provide invaluable information, tools, tips and opportunities to advance its audience both individually and collectively. As a part of its mission and shared vision with JARIA and other Reggae Month partners, JMC has implemented content that will help inform and contribute to the health and wealth of Reggae music as a whole.



Internationally renowned music producer and DJ Walshy Fire is a speaker at the JMC Youth Summit.

While highlighting Jamaica as the “Reggae Mecca,” the JMC will place its cultural lens on the nation’s Vision 2030 plan in an effort to determine direction and how the music will lead the way.

“Vision 2030 is an excellent roadmap to Jamaica’s nation building, and We the organizers of the JMC, deem it necessary to highlight it during this milestone year that is 2020,” says Kareece Lawrence, Jamaica-based JMC Conference Coordinator.

“The industry-trusted workshops, panels and activities are celebrated staples of the JMC,” says Kwasi Bonsu Esq., JMC Co-founder and Washington, DC based member of the diaspora.

“But through an expanded mission, exciting new partnerships and increased performance showcases, the JMC will attract a wider audience of music industry professionals and entrepreneurs.”

A host of superstar guests and music industry luminaries are confirmed for the exciting schedule, with a series of special announcements planned for the weeks leading up to the JMC. Even before the official news alerts, industry insiders have already started buzzing over the participation of renowned music producer and DJ Walshy Fire at the JMC Youth Summit on Thursday, February 13. Involvement of popular DJ, sound system and Canadian radio personality Spex Da Boss and notable others are also an added plus.

From maximizing and monetizing Reggae consumption via streaming platforms, local/global marketing and branding, music publishing, mainstream success of music, the impact of social media, defining and visualizing Jamaica as a “Reggae Mecca” to legal consultation, the multitude of panel topics, among a host of others, will speak to the pressing and diverse needs of the audience.

New to the revitalized conference is “JMC Emerge: Artist Showcase Series,” which weaves six hours of solid performances from emerging artists through-out the 4-day conference. Special events such as the JMC Youth Summit, Irie Jam Celebrity Football Match and the JMC Jamnesia Artist Showcase are also some of the conference’s planned annual attractions.

Participation from what reads like a who’s who of the Reggae music industry during past JMC stagings includes Marcia Griffiths “Queen of Reggae”, Protojé, Junior Reid, Kabaka Pyramid, Agent Sasco, Tifa, I-Octane, D’Angel, Jack Scorpio, Garfield “Chin” Bourne, Rory Stone Love, Nadine Sutherland, Bob Andy, Mikey Bennett, Copeland Forbes, Lloyd Stanbury, Tessanne Chin, Danny Dread and many more. Sponsorship and participation of prominent media outlets were also a major benefit for conference attendees.

Top that off with a mention from Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport the Honorable Olivia”Babsy” Grange MP, CD during her speech at The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designation of Reggae music as an “intangible cultural heritage of humanity.” The Minister hailed JMC as one of the vehicles helping to preserve and propel the national sound and has pledged its continued support during this year’s offering!



Shaggy to Speak at the 7th Annual Jamaica Music Conference

Marcia Griffiths “Queen of Reggae” was the
“Artist in Focus” featured speaker at the
6th Annual JMC.

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Dancehall star D’Angel was a hit at the 6th Annual JMC Youth Summit (w/JMC Co-founder Kwasi Bonsu, Esq).



Shaggy to Speak at the 7th Annual Jamaica Music Conference









Launch Music Conference & Festival Returns To Historic Downtown Lancaster in Lancaster


Launch Music Conference & Festival Returns To Historic Downtown Lancaster

15+ Hours of Panels, One-on-One Industry Mentoring, 170+ Live Performances Across All Genres, on 12 Stages Over Three Nights

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LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival returns to Historic Downtown Lancaster April 30-May 3, 2020.

Now entering its TWELFTH year, LAUNCH Music Conference has redefined what a start-up music conference could be, bringing together musicians, music industry professionals and music lovers from all over the world to downtown Lancaster, PA, for a weekend of instruction, networking, and entertainment. Showcasing artists ranging from Grammy-nominees to high school upstarts, from regional touring acts to major label veterans.

LAUNCH has attracted a wide swath of respected, relevant industry experts who speak on panels, mentor musicians and attend conferences, from label reps to booking agents to managers, instrument sponsors, publicists, and manufacturers– In short: every type of contact a working artist needs in order to function in the current music business landscape.

The mission of LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival is to serve aspiring musicians and industry professionals from across the country & around the world, employing the expertise of an array of elite industry professionals, while maintaining unparalleled low pricing for all attendees, even FREE attendance for those who submitted for performance consideration.

Each year LAUNCH Music Conference strives to redefine what a music conference can be, bringing together musicians and industry professionals for a weekend of instruction, networking and entertainment.

LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival is only made possible by the support of our many generous brand partners, including Bud Light, Stella Artois, Goose Island, Bon & Viv, Reverbnation, City of Lancaster, PA, Atomic Design, PRS Guitars, GHS Strings, York College, D’Addario, SoundRink, SJC Drums, and more.

For the fourth year in a row, FEST Friday will be held at Binns Park, which is directly across the street from our home base at the Holiday Inn Downtown. This “event within the event” will feature various artists on multiple stages, food trucks, libations, and more!

This year, FEST Friday will coincide with Downtown Lancaster’s time-honored First Friday tradition, attracting an average of 10,000 Lancaster County residents to the Downtown area, the first Friday of each calendar month, on average.

Despite its historically low attendance fees, LAUNCH is repeatedly ranked as one of the Top 5 music conferences in the world. We have grown exponentially since the pilot year in 2009.

Past performers and panelists include Atreyu, August Burns Red, Dredg, The Early November, Emarosa, Felice Brothers, Foxy Shazam, Ice Nine Kills, Meaghan Trainor, Panic! At The Disco, Rusted Root, Twenty One Pilots, Whitechapel, Holly Williams and more.

Former panelists include Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Randy Nichols (Force Management), Talinda Bennington (320 Changes Direction), Mike Mowery (Outerloop Management), Vince Edwards (Metal Blade Records), Lou Plaia (ReverbNation), Nick Storch (Artist Group International), David Silbaugh (Milwaukee Summerfest) Kyla Lombardo (Firefly Festival, Riot Fest) and many more.

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