Annual General Meeting

The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) is exploring the implementation of Group Life and Health Insurance for members of the music and entertainment industry.

As such, we ask for your support by completing a very brief survey.



Feb. 3, 2021

Reggae Wednesdays - Tribute Night

Tributes to Toots Hibbert, Bob Andy, Bunny Lee, Feluke and those others in music with the angels since 2020.

Feb. 4, 2021

Reggae Open University - Effects of COVID-19

Opportunities for the Music and Entertainment Industry in the "New Normal".

Feb. 10, 2021

Reggae Wednesdays - Reggaelution

Feb. 11, 2021

Reggae Open University - Black History meets Reggae Month a partnership with The City of Miramar

Reggae & Resistance: Examining the contribution and role of reggae in rebellion and the struggle for
freedom and justice with a special look at the Black Lives Matter movement.

Feb. 17, 2021

Reggae Wednesdays - Reggae Praise

Featuring Jermaine Edwards, Sis Pat, Latoya HD, Marq Johnson and more.

Feb. 18, 2021

Reggae Open University - Reggae and the Music City

A look at Kingston’s Creative City Status and the benefits for the music and entertainment industry.

Feb. 24, 2021

Reggae Wednesdays - Reggae Gone Global

Feb. 25, 2021

Reggae Open University - Reggae Gone Global

A journey back on the growth of reggae globally and its impact on the world today.

Feb. 28, 2021

JaRIA Honour Awards

A red carpet event honouring 23 stalwarts in the music and entertainment industry.

Reggae Wednesdays

Reggae Wednesdays is a series of concerts which seeks to entertain while
educating audiences about the development of the music through
performances from artistes across all genres of reggae from ska to

JaRIA Honour Awards


As demonstrated in previous years (2009- 2020), this event provides an
authentic barometer for gauging the development of the music and its
practitioners. The Honour Awards is a glamorous, star-studded gala
event where special recognition is given to industry icons who have
figured prominently in the amazing penetration of Jamaican music
culture across the world. The intention is to salute significant
achievement, red carpet style, using the essential elements of a concert
format with performances interspersed between presentations of the

Reggae Open University

The Reggae Open University was established to fulfill JaRIA’s mandate
to educate and inform members on matters affecting the industry. The
conversations include local and international experts within the
industry and explores subjects impacting the industry.


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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.



Spearheaded the establishment of REGGAE MONTH as an annual celebration

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

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

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