Honey Jam wants Freundel Stuart regime to nurture young musicians: lack of sponsors frustrates founder
If the Government took over Honey Jam, it would help take it further forward… Creator/Impresario of Honey Jam Barbados, Ebonnie Rowe, feels the female artiste showcase can gain better exposure, education, mentoring and networking opportunities if Government would support it like how the NCF subsidises Kadooment, the former Ad Agency executive believes it has huge potential as a tourism offering.
“We are developing these young artistes to get to a point that they can go international, that they can bring money back home, bring interest in Barbados back home, and that benefits all of us,” she said after the launch of the 2014 edition at Divi Southwinds where patrons had free snacks but paid for beverages.
In addition, Rowe revealed she suspects how the yet to be finalised Cultural Industries Development Bill also holds some promise.
“One of the things that was proposed in that bill is that corporations get tax relief by sponsoring things like this and that would really help an initiative such as ours. I’m not sure where we’re gonna come out of this in such a bad economy, and the corporations would like a little bit of ease as an incentive for them to support initiatives like this,” she emphasised.