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May 10, 2016

Belize Music Week is a Few Days Away!

Fresh from successful presentations at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, artists will keep the pace with a series of events to promote the local music industry. Belize Music Week starts next week Monday and runs through to Sunday, May twenty-third. The event, the first of its kind, will further stimulate artists’ development to prepare them for the world stage. According to Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow, the event builds upon the success at the Jazz Fest.


Shyne Barrow, Music Ambassador, Belize

“What we are going to do is to have seminars to educate the music community on intellectual property. I have the Vice President of Def Jam Recordings coming down; he’s gonna speak on Thursday evening about what they want in artists. He’s been in the business like ten-fifteen years and what it is that they look for in artists to give artists an idea of how to package themselves, how to prepare themselves. He’s actually gonna talk about the fact that the record company as we know it doesn’t exist and encourages the artists to do it themselves because most of the artists that he signs now are self-contained artists that already have their YouTube views, already have their Facebook page, already shot their video, already put an album together before they get to Def Jam. We’ll have Belikin out there; they are one of the sponsors. We’ll have information desks from the different music agencies, BELTRAIDE, BSCAP, MIAB, the Offices of the Music Ambassador, NICH. So while people are there, I want it to be a relaxed vibe—you can go get information, you can listen to what is on the stage and then you can enjoy some live music.”


Duane Moody

“So it is for all those budding artists out there; those that want to dabble into the music industry?”


Shyne Barrow

Shyne Barrow

 “…as well as established artist. I think it is a celebration for the music community and we encourage the rest of the Belizean community to come out and support artists. I was fortunate to make millions of dollars in the United States through the music business and I would like to see the day that our artists, our musicians can earn a viable living from their craft. So I would really encourage others to come out, who may not be in the music business just to support, to see what our musicians are doing that is so special that got them recognized by the new Orleans Jazz Festival. We have live performance. Sweet Pain, Bocunu bwai; we’ll have a plethora of different artists and Caribbean roots…a lot of different live performances to end the seminar. So it is going to be five-thirty to ten sometimes….maybe later or earlier with what we have scheduled. But it is a seminar followed by live performances.”

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