To the Entertainment Industry,
I know a lot
of people out there may think I'm crazy, and the answer to that
question is yes! I'm crazy with ideas to help, promote and protect my
culture and my people, who are fellow musicians and artiste here in
Jamaica. I want the entertainment industry to recognize that the genre
Reggae belongs to Jamaican's, and not the rest of the world!!! Meaning
we are the creators and we deserve to earn from that creation. I know
many may have had the idea, but I'm not talking agencies like JACAP,
JAMPRO and JIPO, who do not do enough to protect us.
Its just about protecting this genre. Each Artiste or musician that is a Jamaican, by birth or by being the birth child of a Jamaican not through naturalization, have the chance as an artiste or musician to gain royalties from that genre. That means anyone that uses the genre who do not fit the descriptions of a true Jamaican, has to pay us royalties for the use of our genre.
Now, I know everyone maybe thinking, what will happen to that money
collected and where will it go? The answer is right here in Jamaica.
Where we will have access and a say in what that money does and its
usage, yes we will have an account here in Jamaica which all artiste and
musician who are participators will gain from its royalties each
quarter. There are thousands of Jamaican artiste and musicians who die
and never see a penny of the royalties collected from their work, and
with this petition I would like to invite all Jamaican artiste and
musicians to sign so that we can make this a reality.
Think of it, we can
invest the money earned into other areas and stocks that will help the
numerous amount of Jamaican artiste and musicians that are making the rest of the world
money but not the creators. (Jamaicans)
My name is Mr. Waynesworth G. Gentles, and I would like to take this to our Youth, sports and culture ministry, to have it past that the genre reggae be a property of Jamaican artiste and musicians. I truly hope that all industry parties takes this serious, we know that reggae is a billion dollar industry, and we are serious about protecting our creations. So I'm asking all artiste and musicians of Jamaican decent to join me in making our genre ours and its earnings. Thank you all for your patients and time.
Mr. Waynesworth G. Gentles
This petition closed almost 2 years ago
Because of the disregard the music industry has placed on the Jamaicans by not giving them what is rightfully theirs.