An opportunity has been opened for students of the island’s secondary schools to further explore their creative side with a view to producing creativity as a commodity for national consumption.
This is possible through the Guardians of Music (GOM) Sing A Tune for school’s sports competition, which was launched today at the Baobab Towers, Warrens, St Michael.
The Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO) and the Copyright Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (COSCAP) established the competition to encourage students to be creative and to work with others in teams, teach students how to express themselves through music and promote knowledge about music, production and copyright.
The guidelines for the competition will see each school having an internal competition for Best Song which will be the initial phase where entrants from the school will be judged and students will be able to enter songs as individuals or in groups of up to seven persons. In the second and final phase the top ten songs submitted will be the winning songs chosen by their peers. They will be recorded and placed on YouTube for judging. At stage two, a “Guardian” will work with each semi-finalist and assist them with the preparation of the song for the finals.
The prize for Overall Best Song, Best Composition and Best Lyrics, will be the opportunity for the winner to perform the winning song at the annual Inter- Secondary School Sports Final, among other technological prizes which will also be awarded to other winners.
Kevin Hunte, deputy registrar of CAIPO, explained that approximately two years ago, the Property Office in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture launched the GOM programme which was aimed at educating children while stimulating and encouraging the development of their God-given talent to benefit society in a wholesome manner whilst providing opportunity for economic gain.
“This brings us to the Sing A Tune competition for which we are assembled here this morning,” said Hunte.
Meanwhile, Erica Smith, COSCAP’s chief executive officer, further explained that GOM continued to visit schools along with COSCAP staff and representatives of CAIPO and the Ministry of Culture, both of which sponsor the programme to provide students with information on working in the music and creative industries, copyright the safe use of the Internet. She said that although the programme admittedly had a specific objective it did have a broader objective in terms of educating students about career opportunities within the creative sector.
“Whilst we continue to have a limit focus believing that when we speak of the creative sector we are addressing persons with a limited academic ability, vocational studies or activities which are for those who do not do well at school we are in fact missing the boat.
“The hot subjects are STEM (science, technolgoy, engineering and mathematics) and undoubtedly we need to ensure future competitiveness in these fields. However, we also need to understand that these subjects are fuelled by innovation, a by-product of creativity,” said Smith. (AH)