The magic behind making the music

Music Republic’s vision is to bring together the Caribbean’s leading industry professionals to design and produce grand scale festivals and concerts as well as smaller scale events and shows. The group has some upcoming concerts planned in the Caribbean: in November 2013 the Caribbean Electronic Music Congress will be held in Trinidad and Barbados where DJs from Europe, North and South America and Asia will play electronic music, bringing an Ibiza and Balearic-styled event concept to the Caribbean. In early 2014 one major headliner and opening acts will grace the stages of Barbados and the Bahamas in the Music Republic Concert Series.

The Cayman Rock & Reggae Festival is planned to be an annual event, each show featuring two established main headliners, one celebrating each genre. Here’s hoping that this year’s concert will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship between Music Republic and the Cayman Islands’ music lovers.

The Music Republic Team

Music Republic is headed up by Managing Director and CEO Ian Hemming, who credits his strategic expertise to over 14 years of experience working in top-tier global financial institutions in various capacities in the Caribbean, Europe and North America. In 2012, Ian served as the chief financial officer for the Art of Music Productions Ltd, producers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival headlined by Celine Dion, the largest music festival in the history of the Caribbean.

Music Republic’s production crew is led by Robert Stewart, director of technical productions. Robert has over 30 years in concert, tour and production management and has successfully executed productions in over 100 countries to date, notably the Yokosuka Festival in Japan and the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida, one of the largest electronic music festivals which attracts over 300,000 visitors annually. Robert has served as production manager and stage manager for performing artists such as Usher, Maxi Priest, 50 Cent, Roberta Flack, Sly & Robbie, Sean Paul and Anita Baker.

The group’s Director of Marketing and Sponsorship Dominque Silvers-Peterkin brings nearly 20 years of experience in the marketing industry. No stranger to the Caribbean brand, Dominque has worked with leading companies such as Sandals Resorts International, Island Routes and Air Jamaica. Dominque has coordinated and executed a number of prestigious events in the Jamaica, including the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, the five-day NASCAR Race Fans Beach Bash event in Montego Bay, Jamaica and the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Inaugural Voyage Concert in 2009 and 2011.

Music Republic’s principal in Cayman is well-known attorney and notary public Mark Beckford. Mark has over 13 years’ collective experience in legal advisory services in both the public and private sectors in the Cayman Islands.

An individual with a special interest in developing opportunities for the young people in Cayman, Mark strives to embody the guiding philosophy of Music Republic in its ambition to facilitate and enhance opportunities for young people who have an interest in the creative arts. Mark and Ian have been long standing friends since around 1998 when first Ian, then later Mark, were students at the Cayman Islands Law School.

This collaboration is the result of their shared appreciation for the warmth and hospitality of the Cayman Islands’ cosmopolitan society.

Music Republic has engaged the Cayman-based consulting firm AtWater, an experienced team with a track record of producing high quality events. AtWater is Music Republic’s on-island representative, leading the marketing, public relations and sponsor relations endeavours.

“We are excited to partner with Music Republic to launch their Caribbean brand and equally proud to help their team to stage its first Caribbean event right here in the Cayman Islands,” said AtWater’s Erika Mazzei. “Music Republic is going to redefine the outdoor concert experience and bring exceptional value to the Cayman concert goers – watch this space!”

Find your voice at the Cayman Rock & Reggae Concert

Ian Hemming and Mark Beckford announced that the concert will feature cell phone donation bins to collect used and damaged phones for the Find Your Voice programme benefitting the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

Inspired by KPMG’s global employee philanthropic programme called BRIGHT, Find Your Voice provides clients of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, an organisation dedicated to providing a safe shelter for women and children in abusive relationships, with new mobile phones and new telephone numbers by using the proceeds of the recycled used or damaged mobile phones towards the purchase of new ones.

Find Your Voice was developed to provide a new phone number, mobile phone, and set amount of prepaid minutes to women coming through the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. A key aspect of the programme is involving the community in the solution.

Members of the community are asked to donate their old mobile phones and accessories, which are sent to a recycling company.

The proceeds from this process are used to fund the programme. Find Your Voice provides women with independence, a practical aid in their time at the Crisis Centre and afterwards, and knowledge that the community has made this programme possible.