Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange has announced a prize package of $10m for finalists in this year’s Festival Song Competition.
She made the disclosure during the launch of the competition at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Thursday.
The winning entry will be announced at the grand final in July, where the singer and writer of the winning song, will receive $1m each.
Social media will also be incorporated into this year’s competition and Jamaicans are being encouraged to participate.
The finalists will also participate in a series of road shows and special performances across the island, which will give them necessary exposure, while giving persons across the island the opportunity to get to know the songs and the artistes.
This will lead up to the Competition’s Grand Final in July, at which the ultimate song, the one that will form the soundtrack for Jamaica’s 57th anniversary of Independence will be selected.