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Negril Entertainment Association warns promoters ... Says parties must abide by Music Friendly Plan

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Ryan Morrison, president of the Negril Entertainment Association.

President of the Negril Entertainment Association (NEA), Ryan Morrison, has warned that his organisation will not endorse any party promoter who appears to be "looking a hustle", or who fails to abide by the association's Music Friendly Plan.

In his keynote address at the launch of the Negril Great Escape Easter Weekend party series, at the Gardenia Hotel in the resort town recently, Morrison said the Negril police has had long-standing concerns about some local entertainment events in the town that were not only disturbing the peace, but were allegedly oftentimes used as a means of money laundering.

"Every year, we have a new superintendent of police or any change of guard, and there are concerns about music and the noise and the nuisance. What we are saying is that one of the things in life is that with every positive, there is a negative attached to it - Ying and Yang. One of the unfortunate things about music is that it can create nuisance. So you can be having a good time making some money, but it is a problem to somebody else," Morrison said.

"The police is having a problem with money laundering in promotions. They are saying that they want (to give permits to) honest, hard-working people who treat promotions as a business. It is not a hustle. It is a business. We are not in this to make a name - we are in this to make profit. The police have had a problem with underage drinking. We are saying to promoters, 'please be responsible'. Do not let underage drinkers get into your event." he added.

The NEA president also cautioned the attendees at the launch, which consisted of Negril and other western Jamaica-based promoters, hoteliers, and venue owners, to work towards ensuring a peaceful co-existence with hoteliers, who have been complaining of their guests being disturbed by loud music.

"First thing, turn down the bass. You do not need the bass to be shaking down the neighbour's window. Because, as it is now, the law states that you should not be audible beyond a hundred metres. So if we know Negril, most persons are separated by a chain-link fence, which is about one sixteenth of an inch. So, based on the Noise Abatement Act, from you turn on the music, you will be disturbing somebody else. And, as such, Negril has to be treated differently from anywhere else, because you are having a party next door to a hotel," Morrison stated.


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"One of the biggest problems we have had, when we have community meetings about the disturbance of music, is the screaming MCs on the mic. People cannot dance at parties anymore, because people chat it out and come preach a sermon. When you get to a NEA-endorsed event, more music, less mic talk," he said, eliciting cheers from the attendees.

Morrison also said the same rules that govern public broadcasting must be applied to open-air events within Negril, and promoters who allow their sound system selectors to spew profanity will be sanctioned.