The Caribbean Cultural Caucus Group and Medgar Evers College to hold 1st annual Caribbean Cultural Conference: “Bringing the Caribbean together through music”

NEW YORK – The Caribbean Cultural Conference (CCC), hosted by The Caribbean Cultural Caucus Group in association with Medgar Evers College is the first in a series of annual conferences to be held at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York on June 18-19, 2009.

The CCC will explore, among other things, challenges confronting the international distribution and marketing of Caribbean music, drawbacks to structural development across the music industry, issues of artist representation, Copyright and artist royalty, as well as issues of gender bias in the music industry.

The primary goal and objective of the conference to bring together law makers, musicians, promoters, business persons, attorneys, entrepreneurs, academicians, artists, management, public relations and marketing, music journalists, managers and agents to engage in progressive dialogue with the hopes of delving into current issues affecting players in the industry, while proposing strategies that will move this valid component of Caribbean culture forward.

Conference panelists include professionals from all aspects of the music industry including:

• Kendal Minter, Veteran entertainment attorney,
• Representatives from the Performing Royalty Organization, A.S.C.A.P,
• Erica Smith, Chairman of the Management Committee,Caribbean Copyright Link,
• Granville Straker, President, Straker Records,
• Rob Kenner, Editor-at-Large, Vibe Magazine,
• Bobby Clark, President, Irie Jam Media Group,
• Pat McKay, Program Director, Sirius & XM Satellite Radio,
• Randall Grass, Shanachie Records,
• Sharon Gordon, Vice President, TSO Production,
• Shawn “Mastamind” Noel, Recording artist & Producer, Mastamind Productions
• Natasha Andrews – Noel, Artist Management, Mastamind Productions

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