$10 million prize package for festival competition this year
Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has announced that $10 million in prizes will be up for grabs in this year’s Festival Song Competition.
Grange made the announcement during the launch of the competition at Emancipation Park in New Kingston recently.
“We are making this investment in our people because we believe that it is important to provide those who have a passion for the arts with the space and opportunity to pursue their goals. Cultural development plays an integral part in national development and it is our duty to see that development,” Grange said.
This year’s finalists are: Percival Lord (Dharma); Jason Wright (Iya Concord); Edwin Myers; Escarpment Road New Testament Church of God Choir; Alero Perrier (Alley Bless); Nickoy Green (Shawn- D); Nester Chung (Humility); Vernon Smith (Ramize); Raldene Dyer (Loaded Eagle); Meckedah Henry (McKada); and Jerome Smith (Jay Smith).
The winning entry will be announced at the grand final in July, where the singer and writer of the winning song, will receive $1 million each.
“If you are the singer and songwriter, you will take home $2 million,” Grange said.
Social media voting will be a feature this year’s competition and members of the public are being encouraged to participate.
“We are going to be using social media to give the public a say in how some of the various prizes are decided. The contestant who gets the most streams, shares and likes will receive $250, 000,” she said.
The finalists will also participate in a series of road shows and special performances across the island..
The winning entry will be used as the theme song for Jamaica’s 57th anniversary of Independence.