|New agency fights to protect Caribbean Music|
|Friday, 20 April 2012 10:45|
Caribbean music genres have often been cast in shadows on the global stage. In order to break into international markets, Reggae, dancehall and soca have often been forced to sail under a different name like R&B, rock or world music.
Now, after one year of successful lobbying, the official Worldwide Reggae Music and Entertainment Embassy has won recognition for various Caribbean music genres from leading performance rights society, Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI). BMI now recognizes reggae, dancehall, soca, roots and dub as distinct music forms. This means that Caribbean artists can register their songs under their rightful genre label.
This marks the first time that the 74-year-old artist royalty collection company has acknowledged these Caribbean sounds as individual genres. Founded in 1939, BMI is a leader in music rights management, as well as the collection of royalties on behalf of composers and music publishers from businesses that license their songs. BMI's recent decision marks a major, symbolic progress in securing Caribbean music's full recognition among music lovers around the world.
The move also helps to solidify regional efforts to boost the protection of intellectually property by Caribbean musicians and songwriters, which has long been an issue in the local music industry.
This is just one of the concerns being championed by the Reggae Embassy. Founded just last year, the Reggae Embassy is a component of The Worldwide Elite Embassy – a music, entertainment and registry organization with over 60 embassy branches in the entertainment industry. The embassy seeks to tackle many issues within the Caribbean music industry, from providing business advancement services to advocacy and global exposure.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 09:18|