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Music tops spending at JCDC St Catherine

Monday, October 09, 2017

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In the last six years, $101.3 million has been spent by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) on its festival competitions. The funds cover auditions as well as finals for dance, speech, music, drama, and traditional folk forms in the 14 parishes.

This disclosure was made by Elizabeth Smith, director of corporate services at the JCDC, during a recent St Catherine Stakeholders' Appreciation Ceremony at the National Youth Service Training Room in Spanish Town.

Smith gave an assessment of the economic impact of the JCDC's performing arts programme from 2011 to 2017.

“This spending has generated a total multiplied contribution of over $791.8 million to the Jamaican economy. The majority of the spending occurred in the music category, which amounted to $26.9 million,” Smith said.

She noted that the least spending occurred in the speech category, which amounted to little over $12.6 million.

This year, approximately 100 stakeholders from the JCDC St Catherine office were recognised for their contributions to the organisation's programmes.

Institutions and agencies acknowledged include the police, St Catherine's municipal corporations (Spanish Town and Portmore) Social Development Commission, National Youth Service, as well as sponsors, production services providers, the Old Harbour Zone Committee and St Catherine Joint Civic Affairs Committee.

— Basil Walters

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