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Jamaica Reggae Industry Association

About us

Established on February 3, 2009, the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) is the premier umbrella organization within Jamaica’s entertainment industry, and is a non-government/non-profit organization.


Our role is to represent and advocate for all industry professionals, from artistes and musicians to producers and promoters. Through our initiatives and efforts, JaRIA aims to raise standards, foster growth and collaboration, while championing the vibrant spirit of Jamaica’s music and entertainment product. 

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  1. To unite and further the common interests of all individuals, institutions, organisations and firms directly and indirectly involved in music and the music industry in Jamaica.

  2. To promote and provide opportunities for the continued development of Members by facilitating access to networking, education, training and capacity building.

  3. To facilitate access to information about all possible financial support and opportunities available within the public and private sectors locally and overseas for Members.

  4. To provide a forum for Members to discuss industry concerns and opportunities and, where relevant, to lobby The Jamaican government and its agencies to protect and preserve the industry and its members.

  5. To canvas and lobby international organisations, agencies and foreign governments in collaborative efforts.

  6. To reposition Jamaica as the centre of the global Reggae movement and culture.

  7. To commence the complex process of repatriating our musical birthright and patrimony.

  8. To play a lead role in the annual planning and organising of reggae month, including its program and activities.

  9. To be an exemplary global music community for broadly increasing the economic, social and cultural wealth of Jamaica and JaRIA’s members in particular.

Signature Events

Signature Initiatives

Reggae Wednesdays Jamz

A monthly event held year round, that will immerse you in jamz with the finest talent, from professional musicians churning verses and heartfelt melodies, to corporate polymaths spinning the best hit music.

Reggae Wednesdays

Free weekly concerts during the month of February, featuring vibrant emerging talents alongside industry veterans, reflecting the heart and soul of Jamaican music.

Reggae Open University

Unlock your creative potential through our dynamic seminar/ workshop series. Refine skills, empower industry professionals, and elevate Jamaican music standards. 

One Drop of Harmony

Join us in Montego Bay, for an unforgettable musical event in a picturesque setting, celebrating Jamaica’s best in the west.  

Reggae CyaA Dunn

Unveil the finest emerging artistes, alongside established industry professionals in Ocho Rios, St. Ann during this annual concert in paradise. 

JARIA Honour Awards

An industry-led event celebrating organizations and individuals from across the world that have made contributions toward advancing Jamaica’s music and entertainment industry. 


Was a critical partner in helping to achieve the inscription of Reggae on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Has led or collaborated in symposiums and educational forums on music and entertainment

Produce the annual JaRIA HONOUR AWARDS which has become the most coveted Entertainment Industry recognition

Spearheaded the establishment of REGGAE MONTH as an annual celebration

Was a central collaborator in helping Kingston to achieve designation as a UNESCO Creative City of Music

Continues to represent the interest of the Entertainment Industry in Tools of Trade Negotiations

Has been a critical voice at the table lobbying for the creation of Entertainment Zones

At the forefront of discussions for amendments to the following:
1. Noise Abatement Act, inclusive of a proposed change in name to Sound Management.
2. Copyright Act
3. Anti-Gang Bill

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