The MoU was signed yesterday, May 17, 2016 at the ‘All the Way Media Launch and Exclusive Listening Session’ held in the JAMPRO Auditorium. Culture and Entertainment Minister, the Honourable Olivia Grange gave the keynote address at the launch and in her delivery said, “This launch is of particular significance because Kevin Downswell belongs to us. He is a young prodigy who came into the cultural development system about ten years ago and has been able to go “all the way”, that is from raw unearthed talent to Gospel Festival winner to the grander, more successful global professional artist.”
The MoU, signed by Executive Director, Delroy Gordon and Kevin Downswell will allow for the JCDC Gospel Song Finalists to share the stage with Downswell as he tours Jamaica to promote his new album, giving the top ten finalists the exposure and opportunity that is needed to hone and develop their craft. Additionally, the JCDC has played an integral role in the development of Downswell’s career as he too is a product of the programmes offered.
The partnership between the Commission and the Kevin Downswell Ministries will also see the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre being used as the venue for the Public Album Launch on June 4, 2016.
In highlighting the role of the JCDC in unearthing creative and talented individuals within Jamaica, Minister grange said, “Over the 53 years of its existence, the JCDC has been able to reach out to the melting pot of raw talents that exist in our country and assist them to use their creative imagination to create outstanding products through the Festival of the Arts.”
The Minister also noted that it is through the work of executives and agencies such as the JCDC that persons such as Kevin Downswell have been able to move smoothly from the stages of Jamaica to that of the world’s capitals.
“As we salute Kevin Downswell we are called to ensure that this institution (JCDC) continues to bear fruit for the advancement of the people of this country,” she said.