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To: High Commission of Jamaica, London

Aid to Support Foundation Artists in Reggae (ASFAR)

Aid to Support Foundation Artists in Reggae (ASFAR)

Lobby the Jamaican Government to do something permanent to help the foundation artists who are suffering extreme poverty and are dying at an alarming rate. We ask for them to establish a care home with medical and musical facilities to ensure that the foundation artists are able to live out their lives with some much-deserved respect and dignity........

Why is this important?

It is sad but true that with each passing year we continue to lose the foundation artists of Jamaican music at an alarming rate.
What is even more concerning is that so many many of them are dying in poverty, with neither much-needed medical care or the very basic sustenance of food and shelter.
We should not forget that it is first and foremost the beautiful and bountiful indigenous reggae music – evolved over generations by these same singers and players – that is the principal tourist attraction to the island, and that tourism is the very life-blood of the Jamaican economy.
Considering that the influx of foreign monetary exchange is in no small part directly due to the efforts of our ageing and often unsung heroes of the music industry, who often received little or no financial recompense or recognition at the time for their important work, mainly due to ignorance of business practices, we call on the Jamaican government and those with political influence within the Jamaican music industry - of which there are many - to establish a care home with medical and musical facilities to ensure that the foundation artists are able to live out their lives with some much-deserved respect and dignity.

How it will be delivered

A notable Foundation Reggae Artist will deliver the signatures.


Reasons for signing

  • Oldschool reggae, has been a great influence in my life in my youngster years (still a youngster), it's a great inspiration also for my music, actually it's something that really drove me into music. Jamaica is still providing new great artists every year.
  • While their music lives on, great Jamaican musicians, singers and deejays have died in poverty, lacking the financial reward they were due. Jamaica owes it to the ones still with us to see them right in their time of need.
  • Respect to the people and the music! one love!

Updates

2014-09-19 18:11:09 +0100

500 signatures reached

2014-09-18 00:49:15 +0100

We're taken off now and have 245 signatures after just over a day, l thank you all ! This is our UK petition going to the Jamaican High Commission in London, but for the International Reggae community which is going to the Jamaican Government, we have this link.. https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_Jamaican_Government_We_call_on_them_to_Aid_Support_the_Foundation_Artist_in_Reggae_ASFAR/

2014-09-17 10:22:16 +0100

Congratulations! After just 12 hours our petition ('Aid to Support Foundation Artists in Reggae (ASFAR)') just hit 100 signatures - great work!

2014-09-17 07:53:08 +0100

100 signatures reached

2014-09-17 00:11:07 +0100

It seems that people outside the UK are having trouble with this petition accepting their post code...If this arises just put in this one......Just write DA11 9PX it's a random code and it works !

2014-09-16 23:14:05 +0100

50 signatures reached

2014-09-16 21:44:01 +0100

25 signatures reached

2014-09-16 21:00:41 +0100

10 signatures reached