St. Lu­cian Mu­sic

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Dear Mr. Green,

I write to you in my ca­pac­ity as a pro­moter of events in Gre­nada, an Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer of mu­sic and the Busi­ness Man­ager of sev­eral Lo­cal Per­form­ing and Record­ing Artistes.

The work of ECCO has been and con­tin­ues to be a con­tentious is­sue for the cre­ators of mu­sic here in Gre­nada. Our com­plaints have been con­sis­tent. Among the ma­jor is­sues are the fol­low­ing: a) The glar­ing lack of PR and ac­count­abil­ity re­lated to the work of ECCO here in Gre­nada; b) The lack of a strong mem­ber­ship; c) The in­abil­ity of ECCO to col­lect from the main users of mu­sic – the ra­dio sta­tions; d) The bul­ly­ing of lo­cal pro­mot­ers and other or­ga­ni­za­tions that host events that ac­tu­ally pay artistes; e) The col­lec­tion of monies on be­half of other so­ci­eties, with­out those monies ever get­ting back to lo­cal artistes who are reg­is­tered with th­ese so­ci­eties.

As cre­ators we are very clear on the leg­is­la­tion and will sup­port any ef­fort to serve the best in­ter­ests of the artistes; how­ever, to date that has not ma­te­ri­al­ized through ECCO.

In fact, in spite the many prom­ises of dis­tri­bu­tion, there has been no progress in this re­gard. Mr. Green th­ese are your words from an email dated 12/14/15: “. . . so far even my­self as a com­poser pro­ducer am hop­ing and wait­ing on this year’s dis­tri­bu­tion for roy­al­ties, have re­ceived from ECCO ear­lier this year but only for mu­sic I pro­duced that is played out­side but for lo­cal am hop­ing that things will turn around.”

We all have been await­ing the turn around and let me ex­press as force­fully as this medium would per­mit me, that we are fed-up. The lat­est ac­tions by ECCO in re­la­tion to mu­sic played at the COCACAF tour­na­ment are coun­ter­pro­duc­tive to the in­ter­ests of lo­cal artistes. With artistes not re­ceiv­ing roy­al­ties for monies col­lected by ECCO, they have to de­pend on live per­for­mances where the pay­ments are di­rect. Ad­di­tion­ally events such as the COCACAF tour­na­ment al­lows for more ex­po­sure of our mu­sic, whether di­rectly to the au­di­ence present or to a wider au­di­ence via the vis­it­ing press.

At this junc­ture the cre­ators are go­ing to step up ef­forts to ei­ther have ECCO prop­erly rep­re­sent our in­ter­ests or de­sist from us­ing the works of artistes to col­lect monies that are never dis­trib­uted to the artistes.

This is the first in­di­ca­tion of our in­tent to seek le­gal re­course to reg­u­late the ac­tiv­i­ties here in Gre­nada. As noted ear­lier, we are dis­gusted by the over­tures be­ing made by ECCO in the name of rep­re­sent­ing artistes with no ben­e­fits what­so­ever to the artistes.

Our re­quests are very clear: I. Ter­mi­nate the col­lec­tion of monies here in Gre­nada un­til there is pay­ment of monies that have been col­lected over the

past 4 years. II. Be­gin a cam­paign to en­gage lo­cal cre­ators both with in­for­ma­tion about ECCO and as a mem­ber­ship drive. It is not pos­si­ble for ECCO to be a le­git­i­mate col­lec­tive or­ga­ni­za­tion with a lo­cal mem­ber­ship of less than 50. III. Make pub­lic the progress made as it re­lates to col­lec­tion from lo­cal ra­dio sta­tions. The ex­cuses have been ex­hausted; it’s time for ac­tion!

Gre­nada’s mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try is too dy­namic, with too much po­ten­tial, for aspects of it to be treated as a mere hus­tle. With­out any ma­jor ef­forts on the three is­sues pointed out above over the next three months, le­gal ac­tion will en­sue and the im­pend­ing Car­ni­val sea­son will be used to our fullest ad­van­tage, whichever way we deem nec­es­sary and ef­fec­tive to look af­ter our in­ter­ests.

Sin­cerely,

Dex­ter Mitchell Great piece. Well said. I think in your vi­sion of the fu­ture it would be nice if a pool of St Lu­cians abroad also came to­gether to aid with th­ese is­sues you men­tioned. Ev­ery­one knows some­one who can do some­thing to ef­fect change for our artists. The con­ver­sa­tion just needs to con­tinue with a col­lec­tive of like-minded in­di­vid­u­als who are on the same page. Even if some of us can­not make it home and now re­side in other re­gions across the globe, there should a be a net­work of peo­ple whose ser­vices and ex­per­tise can be lever­aged to make an artist more mar­ketable on a global scale. I say we start by build­ing a net­work called St Lu­cia Cre­atives to see who can do what and take it from there.

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