Education - Reggae Resource


CPR has a multidimensional education focus that operates year round to foster audience development, artist development, and community enrichment using a diverse array of strategies.

Community Conversation Series. This series of community forums began in 2009 when more than 200 patrons piled into the Billy Holiday Theatre to explore in three part harmony, the question “Could Dancehall be the Ruination of Reggae and by Extension the Jamaica Brand.” Each year, the series offers five monthly forums starting in February (Reggae Month/African Heritage Month) with the State of Reggae Reception which features a keynote address or panel discussion. Currently the forums take place in the studios of CPRLive and are streamed live to reach a much broader audience than initially conceived. Forums in the series address topics that of interest to artists as well as topics for audiences. The series formally ends in June (Black Music Month/Caribbean Heritage Month). In addition to the core forums, additional forums are presented from time to time during the remainder of the year as developments in the community dictate.  The series relies on donations from the community.

Workshop in Artist and Repertoire Development (WARD). The workshop in Artist and Repertoire Development is CPR’s response to the demise of the traditional record company where once upon a time, emerging artists could receive mentorship and development and preparation for success. As wards of the community, artists can now participate in workshop sessions that are conducted by concerned practitioners and professionals who are willing to share their wealth of experience. Participants also support each other’s development by sharing their own experiences and engaging in peer counseling to help each other grow. The workshop takes advantage of today’s communications technology and the internet to allow participation by artists and facilitators from various locations around the reggae world. In addition to the in-kind contributions of volunteers, the workshop relies on financial donations to keep going.

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