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Caribbean Cultural Conference, June 18-19, 2009, Brooklyn, New York

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Caribbean Cultural Conference

Location: Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
This year’s conference will focus on issues in the Caribbean musicindustry. See below for an overview of panels and panel discussion topics.

10:30am – 12:30pm
Challenges confronting the structural development of the Caribbean music industry in the local and international arena.
Panelists: Ken Williams, Granville Straker, Philip Smart, Isa Muhammad, Rob Kenner, ED Robinson, Lyrikal

Womens’ struggles in the Caribbean music industry
Moderator: Michelle Arthurton
Panelists: Marcia Davis, Laury Webb, Lexi Brooks, Dr Pat Belcon, Luciana Maneri, Keisha Martin

Key challenges facing the Caribbean music industry as it relates to:
Performing Rights Organizations
Artist Royalties
Intellectual Property Laws
Moderator: Simone Harris
Panelists: Walter Jones, Erica Smith, Kendal Minter, Bryan Calhoun,
Shawn Noel Blossette Kitson

FRIDAY JUNE 19, 2009
Caribbean music as a vehicle in the development of Caribbean culturewithin North American communities
• Artist image and brand building
• Commercial endorsement
• The role of the Caribbean radio station in supporting thedevelopment of the region
Moderator: Mr. Bob Fedricks
Panelists: Pat McKay, Robert ‘Bobby’ Clarke, Wayne Gillman, Clive
Williams, Robert Thompson, ED Robinson

Artist Management in the Caribbean music industry.
• Contractual agreements
• Creating a management team that works
Moderator: Mr. Stan Smith
Panelists: Shirley Menard , Natasha Noel, Sharon Gordon, Junior Ewart, Benny Bwoy, Clynton Rowe

International Marketing and Distributing of Caribbean Music
• The future of Caribbean music in the digital age
Moderator: Mr. Irwine Clare
Panelists: Randall Grass, Maxine Stowe, Michelle Amar, Natasha Andrews-Noel, Granville Straker

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