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“Any country that has a well oiled cultural and creative industry, has very active industry associations. These organisations act as major players in organising entrepreneurs within the industries, they are instrumental in data collection and they take some of responsibility for development. We have partnered with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to deliver this edition of JBDC ‘IN CONCERT’ and we expect it to be an impactful exercise.” – Harold Davis, Deputy CEO, JBDC
Last week Thursday, I had the lovely experience of attending the virtual Jamaica Business Development Corporation’s (JBDC) “In Concert” meeting. The presenters made very valuable contributions towards the space as it relates to forging ahead with the future of our cultural and creative industries, and we got to see examples of how creative mapping works in other countries like Canada, the United Kingdom, etc. Major shout-outs to the team involved!
Jamaica is currently undergoing a creative mapping process, wherein the relevant industry associations will be able to have access to the information, needs and necessities of everyone who does creative work in/out of the island. I e-mailed Mr. Stephen Hignell, the associate director of Nordicity (the company responsible for the mapping exercise). This is the information that I received.
“The British Council, in partnership with the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), commissioned Nordicity to map the Cultural and Creative Industries in Jamaica. The aim of this study is to define the size and impact of the sector and develop recommendations on how to support its continued growth.
If you live in Jamaica and work in any of the industries listed below, we would like to include you on the map by completing this survey: https://na1se.voxco.com/SE/114/jamaicacci?fbclid=IwAR2uHIleSV9IyAUxFq6Bsm5EGUzEluIGQKZxQo8tuKtCWZ5bnozpabRA7xA
Cultural and Creative Industries:
- Literature & publishing
- Design (product, graphic design)
- Visual arts
- Gifts and crafts
- Television / broadcast
- Digital media (incl. video games)
- Advertising and marketing
- Theatre, dance & performing arts
- Culinary / Gastronomy
- Museums, galleries and libraries
- Festivals, Fairs and Feasts
- Cultural heritage
The next steps will be conducting an economic impact assessment and then a series of strategies for helping to advance Jamaica’s cultural and creative industries.
Associate Director | Nordicity
Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green has stated that: “The Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) are among the most rapidly growing sectors around the world, and Jamaica is unique and fully respected in the global cultural and creative spaces. This influences our income generation, job creation and export earnings. But, the industries have the potential to generate wealth beyond borders; wealth that does not only mean economic benefits, but wealth in inclusiveness and camaraderie of our people as well.”
If you are a Jamaican creative alive in the year 2020, I implore you to get involved. It is time that we make progressive steps towards legitimizing our orange economy to that of international standards. As we work to ensure that our local output is not created in vain, let us support all the necessary steps and resolutions that preserve this growth.
Blessings in abundance!