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THE JAMAICAN GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH AN “ENTERTAINMENT INSURANCE PLAN” TO ASSIST ARTISTS!

Olivia "Babsy" Grange

Olivia “Babsy” Grange

 

The Government of Jamaica is looking to establish an Entertainment Insurance Plan to assist the music industry and artists.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, said the plan will be supported from the sales of the ‘Jamaica 55’ commemorative album.

According to Minister Grange, “It is very heart-rending at times when our well-known, iconic artistes pass away and there are difficulties in ensuring that they have a decent funeral. There are situations where some of our artists, who have had world-renowned exposure, are ill and they can’t get the kind of medical treatment that is necessary.”

The commemorative album is among new features of the 2017 Independence celebrations, which were announced by Minister Grange at the launch of the Jamaica Independence Festival at the Courtleigh Auditorium, in St. Andrew, on Wednesday (June 14).

Olivia "Babsy" Grange at the launch of Jamaica 55

Olivia “Babsy” Grange at the launch of Jamaica 55

She said the album will replace the traditional festival song competition.

The 15 track CD will include iconic winning festival songs, as well as popular songs that never won and new songs. These will include an entry by Bob Marley, Rita Marley, and Stepping Razor.

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Other new features for ‘Jamaica 55’, from July 29 to August 7, include the Western Jamaica Festival Village in Montego Bay and Kingston Reggae Night.

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