Building a Market Based on Genre Innovation in Caribbean Music

Exploring the diversity and influence of indigenous genres internationally

Erica K. Smith
Keith Nurse


Chaired by Dr. Erica K. Smith (Barbados), Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Inc.
with Dr. Keith Nurse (Trinidad and Tobago/UK), College of Science Technology and Applied Arts Trinidad and Tobago

Despite limited investment and the absence of wellestablished record labels, music publishers, managers, agents and supporting institutions, the Caribbean music industry has managed to make a significant impact. One of the most striking aspects of this regional industry is the extraordinary range of Indigenous genres and sub-genres (such as reggae, dancehall, calypso, soca, merengue, reggaeton, zouk, salsa, and more) that have achieved global recognition and success.