New president for music association

The Cayman Music and Entertainment Association elected a new executive board on 15 June during its annual general meeting. 

In the role of president for the CMEA for the new year is Blake Hurlstone. He is joined by Vice President of Membership William Steward; Secretary Renard Powell; Assistant Secretary Keisha Solomon; Treasurer Spencer Merren; Director Michael Ebanks; Director Cachas Stewart; Director Jermaine Hydes; Director Dominique Ebanks; and Immediate Past President Jean-Eric Smith. 

Mr. Blake Hurlstone spoke with the Caymanian Compass about the short and long-term goals for the association. 

“For the short term, I want to start planning for the next Muzaic Festival and getting everything in order for that. Long term, the goal is to improve the relationship between musicians and venues with music and dancing licences. For instance, when there is a change in management at some institutions we want to ensure that there is some consistency in the ethos, as it relates to procurement and dealings with live acts. It is important for them to know that their needs can be met by the music offerings available on the Islands,” he said. 

Regarding any perceived inefficiencies relating to the association, Mr. Hurlstone said, “Most of the inefficiencies was due to lack of communication. We are hoping to re-establish our membership by communicating with them.” He added that Mr. Steward would be revamping the mailing list to include all associated with the association and not just paying members to give those with outstanding membership fees an opportunity to get paid or cease to be included on the mailing list. Mr. Hurlstone also explained the thrust of his tenure. 

“I’d like to say that I’ve been around the CMEA’s executive for many years and I’m not a stranger to procedures and protocol. However, we will be focusing more on musicianship and not so much on the association’s constitution or labour laws and immigration matters.”