SLCSI Supports Music Industry Professionals

Press Release:-  Music industry professionals from across the OECS will converge in Saint Lucia for a 5-day series of Developmental Workshops hosted by the Saint Lucia Coalition of Service Industries (SLCSI) from November 26 -30, 2018.  The series is the OECS leg of the Caribbean Development Bank’s Music Education project aimed at developing the capacity of industry professionals in the region and equipping them to enter international markets.  The workshop series has been endorsed by the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), Export Saint Lucia and ECCO.

From November 1st – 30th the Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development & Consumer Affairs as the Department celebrates “Saint Lucia Business Month” and the SLCSI is pleased to roll out this capacity building series as its main activity for the month-long observance.

Participants will benefit from presentations from professionals from the Caribbean and United Kingdom  on topics such as Women in Business, Accessing International Markets, Negotiating Contracts and The Business of Music.

More than 45 musicians, producers, writers and managers have since registered for the workshops and eagerly await the chance to learn from the experts and take advantage of this unique networking opportunity.  Participants were required to complete the Business of Music Online program as a foundation to the developmental workshops.  Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Network of Service Coalitions (CNSC) in 2017 launched the Business of Music online course which targeted musicians, producers, managers and writers.  This program was piloted by the SLCSI with support from Export Saint Lucia.

The impressive lineup of presenters include Vivian Barclay, Chris Cooke, Jeremy Harding and Carla Paris.

Vivian Barclay is the General Manager of Warner/Chappell Music Canada and a classically-trained musician with a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio & Television from Ryerson University.  Vivian brings to the workshop experience in radio, artist management, publicity and promotion and currently works with a diverse roster of songwriters including Jully Black Michel Montano, Barenaked Ladies and Bernard Firzgerald.  She will be delivering the one-day Women in Business workshop which is set to attract key female players in the industry.

Chris Cooke presents on the Business of Music.  Chris is an editor, journalist and media entrepreneur.  He is co-Founder and MD of CMU, a company that helps people navigate and understand the music business.

With degrees in English and Law Chris writes, talks, teaches and consults about the music industry. He delivers speed briefings at music conferences around the world; guest lectures at various UK music colleges; runs regular seminars for Sony Music, BPI, MMF, MU and IMRO; and curates the core conference strands at The Great Escape showcase festival in Brighton each May. He also wrote the acclaimed book ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ explaining how the streaming business works.

Carla Paris is a vibrant and seasoned entertainment & sports lawyer, talk show host, entrepreneur & content creator. She possesses as Master’s Degree in Entertainment Law from the University of Westminster in London, United Kingdom and operates the first boutique law practice in Trinidad and Tobago whose exclusive focus is in entertainment, intellectual property & sports law.   One of Carla’s main goals is to help clients understand the value of their intellectual property rights and to be mindful of the exploitation that is rampant in the industry.  Carla will conduct the Negotiating Contracts workshop.  

Jeremy Harding is an engineer, producer, musician, DJ and manager whose 2 Hard recording studio (and label of the same name) has a prominent hold on the music scene in his native Kingston, Jamaica. Perhaps best known as Sean Paul’s manager, Harding initially made a name for himself as a producer, behind such hits as Beenie Man’s “Sim Simma (Who Am I),” Mad Cobra’s “Pet & Pamper,” along with Sean Paul’s “Infiltrate” and “Baby Girl” to name a few.  Jeremy is also a Lecturer at the University of the West Indies in the Music Business Management program.  Harding brings 19 + years of experience in the music industry to this series of workshops will be conducting the Accessing International Markets workshop.

The workshop series has been endorsed by the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), Export Saint Lucia and ECCO and will take place at the Coco Creole conference center and run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily.

Persons interested in pursuing the Business of Music online course can register @

The SLCSI is a national umbrella body representing the Services sector in Saint Lucia. It is a membership-based organization which functions as a focal point to lobby, channel and address trade in services issues which are critical for the sector to thrive in the competitive global environment.

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