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Promoters against work permits for Caribbean artistes

Published:Friday | December 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Grenadian promoters are urging the Keith Mitchell administration to remove the need for work permits for Caribbean artistes contracted to perform there.

The 16 top promoters made their position known during a meeting with Culture Minister Brenda Hood as they met to discuss ways of promoting Grenada's creative industry.

"The promoters expressed that it was very frustrating to promote shows, because Grenada is the only Caribbean territory that is demanding work permits from other Caribbean artistes who enter the country to perform. In addition, the promoters stated that the level of taxation on their businesses is too high and is stifling the growth of the entertainment industry in Grenada," according to a government statement issued after the meeting.

The statement quoted Hood as committing to engage the ministries of finance and labour on the concerns raised in an effort to seek some relief for the promoters and to advance the creative industry.

It said that the meeting ended with the promoters selecting an executive for advancing the work of the newly formed Grenada Promoters Association. Another meeting is scheduled for January next year.