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The As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­si­cians, Pro­duc­ers and Per­form­ers of Saint Lucia (AMPP SLU) launched on Wed­nes­day April 20 at the Auberge Seraphine Ho­tel. The event served to sen­si­tize the me­dia and in turn the pub­lic of this long awaited mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion.

AMPP SLU was reg­is­tered as a non-profit as­so­ci­a­tion in The Min­istry of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion, Lo­cal Govern­ment and Com­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment on Jan­uary 5th, 2016. The as­so­ci­a­tion is be­ing run by an in­terim ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee headed by In­terim Chair­man Martin James and Vice-Chair­man Ian Sanchez. The ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee is in the process of in­cor­po­rat­ing the en­tity as to en­sure its le­gal stand­ing and cred­i­bil­ity.

This or­ga­ni­za­tion has been try­ing to come off the ground since 1985 with a num­ber of well-known mu­si­cians and per­son­al­i­ties in Saint Lucia at the fore­front, but noth­ing con­crete ever came of this ear­lier ef­fort.

It was not un­til Oc­to­ber 2005 that the mem­bers of an in­terim com­mit­tee, which was an amal­ga­ma­tion of var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions e.g. He­wan­nora Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety, CDF, Man­agers and Pro­duc­ers, were able to start the reg­is­tra­tion process of the en­tity known as Saint Lucia As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­si­cians and Per­form­ers (STAMP) at the Registry of Com­pa­nies and In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty.

In early 2006 the in­terim com­mit­tee then ap­plied for non-profit sta­tus through the At­tor­ney Gen­eral's of­fice.

When a new regime came into govern­ment in 2006 it was deemed un­fit for STAMP to be called by that name as Saint Lucia was not per­mit­ted to be used pre­ced­ing the name of any as­so­ci­a­tion. The think­ing from the 2006 Cabi­net was that en­ti­ties with Saint Lucia pre­ced­ing the name im­plied that they would be sup­ported and funded by the Govern­ment of Saint Lucia.

Fol­low­ing this the move­ment went dor­mant as there was a loss of in­ter­est from most of the mem­bers. A few of the mem­bers con­tin­ued the strug­gle to re­tain the name STAMP through let­ters and meet­ings with per­sons in au­thor­ity, as a logo had al­ready been de­signed and the com­mit­tee had al­ready started to en­gage var­i­ous Min­istries and As­so­ci­a­tions and had also par­tic­i­pated in cer­tain events as STAMP.

Af­ter a few years of seek­ing ad­vice from le­gal ex­perts it was ad­vised that they form a new en­tity and reg­is­ter it with a new name which would still have 'Saint Lucia' at the end, hence the even­tual name AMPP SLU. There is also the re­al­i­sa­tion that the name is in keep­ing with two other en­ti­ties of the same na­ture that have been formed in Saint Vin­cent and Do­minica – AMP SVG and AMP DOM re­spec­tively.

The new ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee is ex­tremely hope­ful and op­ti­mistic; it has put in place a con­sti­tu­tion and goals and ob­jec­tives of AMPP SLU and has formed a road map and ac­tion plan for 2016.

This sec­tor in the arts has been known to have many con­cerns, and per­sons have been ap­proach­ing th­ese is­sues on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis with very poor re­sults. As an as­so­ci­a­tion, AMPP SLU will be able to lobby and ad­vo­cate for mem­bers' con­cerns as a body and there­fore in a more or­ga­nized and uni­fied man­ner.

AMPP SLU will help to pro­mote the fur­ther growth and de­vel­op­ment of the per­form­ing arts in Saint Lucia by un­der­tak­ing a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties. The as­so­ci­a­tion seeks to forge al­liances and part­ner­ships with Govern­ment Min­istries es­pe­cially the Min­istry of Tourism, Her­itage and Cre­ative In­dus­tries and en­ti­ties such as SLCSI, CDF, ECCO, TEPA and oth­ers to fos­ter the de­vel­op­ment of our mem­bers through ed­u­ca­tion.

Mu­si­cians, mu­sic and video pro­duc­ers, and per­form­ers in­clud­ing DJs should look out for the grand launch later in the year when they will be in­tro­duced for­mally to AMPP SLU and in­vited to be­come mem­bers so as to con­trib­ute to the change and growth of the per­form­ing arts sec­tor in the cre­ative in­dus­tries of Saint Lucia. The or­ga­ni­za­tion can be emailed at Ampp­slu@gmail.com

AMPP SLU in­terim ex­ec­u­tive l-r: Ian Sanchez, Vice-Chair­man; Jackie Cheru­bin, PRO and Martin James, Chair­man.

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