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Pay, opportunity concerns addressed for local acts

Pirates Week officials have announced the international lineup for this year’s street fiesta and with more than 20 local artistes set to hit the big stage, the business side of things between organisers and musicians have raised concerns on the allocating of money for local acts and getting the performers similar recognition as their international counterparts.

This weekend the Pirates Week festival will launch in little Cayman and the Pirates Week office says it’s doing its best to make sure it can keep up the juggling act of ensuring local artistes get their time on the stage while balancing the books.

Local Artist James Geary believes he and fellow performers should work towards developing their brand to make bigger demands for payment of their services.

“To all my local and fellow artist you need to show the venue how you are gonna bring value to their establishment and when you can do that then you can negotiate to be paid properly,” Mr. Geary said.

Cayman 27’s Mario Grey has more.

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Mario Grey

Mario Grey

Mario Grey's passion for journalism has been long intertwined with his love of people and culture from his days as a youth growing up in the Cayman Islands. He captained his debate team whilst at John Gray High School and graduated as Head Prefect. He also worked at KVHU FM in Searcy, Arkansas, United States and worked and interned for Radio Cayman News before graduating from the University Of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2015.

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