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UPDATE: Owed local artists begin receiving Festival 2014 payments

- Great Music Alliance moving ahead with plans to have various issues in entertainment industry addressed
A number of artists who performed at this year's Festival activities have confirmed with this news site that following the publication of their concerns via this news site they commenced receiving calls indicating that their cheques would have been ready by yesterday afternoon August 12, 2014. Photo: VINO/File
In the meantime members of the Great Music Alliance said they are not pulling back on having a number of issues tabled with those responsible, some of those issues include a shake up from the top of the BVI Festival and Fairs Committee, treating local artists and others with respect, developing strategies to ensure timely payments for services rendered, fair selection of artists for local events, security/gate pass issues, selection of judges for all events among others. Photo: VINO/File
In the meantime members of the Great Music Alliance said they are not pulling back on having a number of issues tabled with those responsible, some of those issues include a shake up from the top of the BVI Festival and Fairs Committee, treating local artists and others with respect, developing strategies to ensure timely payments for services rendered, fair selection of artists for local events, security/gate pass issues, selection of judges for all events among others. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A number of artists who performed at this year's Festival activities have confirmed with this news site that following the publication of their concerns via this news site they commenced receiving calls indicating that their cheques would have been ready by yesterday afternoon August 12, 2014.

According to some of the persons in the group, which calls itself the Great Music Alliance, they did receive their cheques but contrary to what was announced at the closing and award ceremony on Saturday August 9, 2014, for a number of persons whose invoices were in and had no queries, their cheques were not ready for payment when they turned up at the Department of Culture as was publicly advised.

"We understand that certain things especially money in a government system takes time but for them (Mr Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden, Chairman of BVI Festival and Fairs Committee) to get on stage and make emphatic statements about payments being ready on a certain date is very deceptive," said one person who provided services during the Festival season.

"I will not put my name because our people are of the type that are bent on bashing you when you call a spade a spade…they like it better when you call a spade a snake and not even a shovel," she added.

In the meantime members of the Great Music Alliance said they are not pulling back on having a number of issues tabled with those responsible, some of those issues include a shake up from the top of the BVI Festival and Fairs Committee, treating local artists and others with respect, developing strategies to ensure timely payments for services rendered, fair selection of artists for local events, security/gate pass issues, selection of judges for all events among others.

See previous story published on August 12, 2014:

Local entertainers threaten legal action against BVIF&FC

- Say Chairman Mr Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden must go

PURCELL, Tortola, VI - Local band members, their leaders and individual artistes are threatening legal action against the BVI Festival and Fairs Committee (BVIF&FC) if they are not paid in short order for services provided during Festival.

The group met last night August 11, 2014 at the Purcell Community Centre as a result of their being frustrated about a number of issues they have been facing in dealing the BVIF&FC especially as it relates to their payments for performances during the 60th Festival celebrations which concluded over the past weekend.

Spokesman for the committee calling itself the great music alliance Mr. Tishaun Glasgow Aka DJ Taz told this news site that they have unanimously decided that should the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith fail to ensure that they are paid forthwith they will be taking action.

"As far as the great music alliance ‎the decision that they have taken as a body is that they are calling on the Premier and the Ministry of Education and Culture to avoid legal action by making payments immediately or else legal action will be taken against who is accountable for the payments," said Mr Glasgow.

He said at the meeting that there was full unity as it relates to what they have been continuously been experiencing from the committee. "The meeting in itself was very successful in the sense that the people have come together and decided that they would not be over-ridden or used in any manner and not be paid and especially paid on time, paid with deposits and that kind of thing,” he said.

While it was announced at the closing ceremony by Chairman of the BVIF&FC Mr Marvin 'MB' Blyden that persons could have turned up at the Office of the Department of Culture from yesterday to uplift their payment the group said that none of them received any call indicating that their payments are ready.

"You actually had people waiting in the village the other night, leaders for other bands were waiting were waiting in the village the other night and couldn't even be paid, couldn't be compensated after they were told that the cheques were ready and they would receive them," he noted.

The spokesman said that it is all about their frustration and fighting for their rights, “That's what it boils down to."

He said that they have decided on taking things one step at a time for now, when asked about their plans going forward. He said however ultimately as a body they will be calling for Mr Blyden to be removed from the position as Chairman.

"That's our first step then after that we look towards participating in Festival in 2015, where that may be an issue because [it is] the body's intention is to have the [Chairman of] the Festival Committee‎ removed and changed [for] the betterment of everybody involved in the music industry," said Mr Glasgow.

74 Responses to “UPDATE: Owed local artists begin receiving Festival 2014 payments”

  • lmao (12/08/2014, 10:00) Like (29) Dislike (37) Reply
    If that's all the people in the picture then we can see what this is. Just a few bitter people with an axe to grind with MB and the committee. Where are all the other bands? You all have been going through this for years. If you don't like Government's method of payment then STOP PLAYING FOR FESTIVAL, SIMPLE!! These people are just a set of leeches and pretend like they love the BVI. Imagine we just celebrated the 60th and they here crying about money they know they will get. Come on man. Legal action? I know Myron would tell ayo what time it is up front so keep playing.
    • Real (12/08/2014, 10:26) Like (15) Dislike (17) Reply
      THAS WHO U SEE DONT BE FOOLED!!!!!!!!! THIS BODY STRONGER THAN ALOT OF YALL KNOW!!!!!!!!!BUT THAS ONE THING WITH ROUND HERE WE NEVER FEEL IT UNTIL IT HAPPEN TO ONE OF OUR OWN WHTHER BY BLOOD OR CLOSE FRIENDSHIP AYU SO CALLLED GOD FEARING PPL REMEMBER GOD DONT LIKE UGLY!!!!!!!!!
    • town man (12/08/2014, 10:52) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Lol lol LMAO tell them tell them
    • alliance (12/08/2014, 11:00) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
      You can't pull den kinda stunts on artists you bringing into the country to perform so y do it to your own strupez
    • sooooo (12/08/2014, 12:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Soooo Imao you are basically saying LOCALS should tek wha them get....SMDH
  • WHAT?! (12/08/2014, 10:01) Like (16) Dislike (38) Reply
    Who are these people? If i was a musician or band etc. I would never be affiliated with this so called organization. Their president is who, Eustace Freeman? Vice president Ritical? and their spokesman is Dj Taz? Who are these people? Look how they go about their business? They seem more like and extremist group if you ask me
    • Turtle Dove (12/08/2014, 11:18) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
      Who are these people? Who are you?? Are you not somebody. Don't you matter? Does your voice not count? It is interesting how people are so quick to downcast when they are not in someone else's shoes.
      • listen turtle dove (12/08/2014, 11:49) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
        Let me ask you this? Is this the way you as an organization you go about this? This is coming off as a strong arm tactic. This is not a strategic way of going about "Business". This is not from people that are apparently rational and think before they speak.
  • rattie (12/08/2014, 10:01) Like (8) Dislike (15) Reply
    just more Blah blah blah and not a thing will happen
  • about time (12/08/2014, 10:03) Like (23) Dislike (5) Reply
    These people cheat us as if we are low class entertainers, when at village you can't even ask for a bottle of water by some........the little money we ask for is NOTHING!! NOTHING! you mean to tell me these people know how much money should be assigned to each band and they can't put that aside? No but let Machel come and sing off a CD and get paid over 60 thousand dollars, MOVADO with that horrible performance maybe the same amount or less but no we the locals have to suffer for a lil 500 dollars- 2 thousand dollars? It's about time a foot is put down.
    • SSJ3 (12/08/2014, 10:44) Like (16) Dislike (20) Reply
      Wtf you are LOW CLASS ENTERTAINERS..you could go anywhere and get paid like what you asking for, for the kind of shyte yall put out?
      • Sprinkles (12/08/2014, 13:07) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
        SSJ3 English please. It bewilders me to even conceive that you could leave this rock and accomplish anything with the kind of vocabulary you emit.
      • Excuse you SSJ3 (13/08/2014, 07:09) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
        Vybz Kartel, including Mavado just to name a few are among the many low class entertainers who make millions each year and win awards singing nothing but garbage. The said artists again among many more sing pure slackness and violence and they're on tour every year, you well out of order with your nonsense.

        I guess we're not slack enough or violent enough for you huh, i guess if they start talking about women in degrading ways, and sing about sex and tell guys how to use guns and make them feel if they don't own a gun they're not a man because they're not a badman or if a woman don't do this or that in the bedroom she can't get or keep a man, then our local artists and bands be high class entertainers?

        And my 2 cents on this whole thing, EVERYBODY here regardless of our level of wealth when we done work and pay day is this day, we don't want our money tomorrow, we want it on the day promised, so i give the ppl here no wrong for putting their foot down. Many of us can't wait til Friday come and you're here talking nonsense bout how they acting like hungry dogs etc. Who don't want them money what they have already work for???? Even a rich man when he work he want his money.
  • I THINK (12/08/2014, 10:11) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    that these guys need to seek legal advice instead of going off emotions.
  • fan of MB (12/08/2014, 10:12) Like (14) Dislike (36) Reply
    They are acting like a pack of hungry/greedy wolves.
  • Seasalt (12/08/2014, 10:13) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    Stop operating as mediocre business men and women. I am sure most of you know how the foreign bands and artiste operate. Stop the crying and get up to business operating standard. Negotiate and ensure that you obtain a deposit in advance. Follow that up with a clause in your contract to have the balance paid before you perform. If this cannot be done for you local performers but other are accommodated then it becomes news for the public. The public will then make up their mind whether they will come out to support festival activities.
    • Disgusted (12/08/2014, 11:17) Like (19) Dislike (21) Reply
      This article is sickening and it really confirms that this is a personal agenda against MB. Name all the associating band/band members that attended this meeting and I'm certain that they are all close friends/followers of the "leader" of showtime band. Nothing but money hungry, vengeful, childishness! Z6ne looks so petty and immature thanks to you people. #Disgusting#Disgraceful
    • Future (22/08/2014, 09:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Greetings ..It seems that most people commenting here are unaware of the facts.
      First of all - you cannot get a deposit when the promoter comes to you and say 'we don't have the money for the deposit, but we will make sure you get paid right after the performance, but this is for the people.' Most BVI artist have continued to take what is offered so that there would be a festival.

      Second - Most BVI Islanders don't even know their own. We have artists that have played and song with the best. Who have traveled. and performed internationally. Revelations has performed in many other countries and most BVI Islanders don't know this.

      Thirdly - For those that say people are money hungry. Those people that are apart of the alliance are more than friends of the President and VP of the alliance. The alliance was put together so that the entertainers can come together as well and get rid off negative issues between one another. Why can't people see a positive movement and be happy. It is like you people want negativity.

      Forth and last - If you work a job and you have family, bills and such, would you like to wait 6 months before you get payment. In this day and age when the land 'dry', I cannot see how certain people can have something negative to say about people trying to get their money after being disrespected. The disorganization of the Festival Committee, includes informing local artists 4 days before the event or even two hours before having to perform, inviting an international band stating that they will provide transportation from the St. Thomas airport to the dock and then not living up to their word. This band has now left the islands saying they will never return.

      Some BVI Islanders do not support their own as can clearly see from these comments. The alliance is trying to do something positive that will affect young entertainers coming up and some people are so close minded. If you are not inside you will never know.
  • son of the soil (12/08/2014, 10:14) Like (9) Dislike (26) Reply
    Imagine all those islandman done got paid and long gone and our local bands here bawling??
  • Raj SSJ3 (12/08/2014, 10:18) Like (31) Dislike (46) Reply
    These set of wack artist that aint even gone no where looking pay for what? How does the government owe them anything? you could tell its not for the love of music, that is why some of them can't progress in their craft..How about they set up their own show instead of piggy backing on the government and see how much support them get?
  • Strupes (12/08/2014, 10:38) Like (50) Dislike (10) Reply
    ' Boss' your true self is showing and it stinks . Such a sore loser and drama queen ! When are you gonna stop ! Your bad attitude will out do the good music u do . Let it go ! U win some , you lose some !!! Go find something constructive to do now , go get ready for next year ! Boss your too bitter and you pulling these bird brains into It with u ! Let go and let God !
    • all about fairness (12/08/2014, 12:04) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
      Forget about the difference between the bands.
      Its all about fairness. MB made it public on a radio interview that the bands tie so why it was handed over to one band. Boss is a mature young man and he has the right to behave like this if they treat him in such manner. Listen stop your BS and leave Boss and his crew alone. You are just adding fury to fire we dont need that drama all we need is ppl being treated with fairness and that will avoid all the confusion.
  • tola (12/08/2014, 10:43) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
    How come vibe ant balling
    • answer (12/08/2014, 11:47) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      $5000.00 up is why.
    • Truth (12/08/2014, 11:53) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
      Vibe more mature and will never take part of this nonsense. I hope people open their eyes and see who boss really is. All the lies I made about vibe, he just bitter that he ain't get the road march money. Mb did his best for all and now that they ain't win they want him out. Boss you need to stop this. You can't win it all
    • Umm (12/08/2014, 11:59) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      Why would they? At this point the VIBE team is on a more mature level than Showtime. Their new manager Roger won't stand for the behaviour Boss & the rest of the gang carry on with. Don't get me wrong I completely understand Boss questioning the results based on the fact there that are no rules stating how to go about a tie breaker & if it was the otr way around VIBE would be questioning it to & yes they would have all right to do so. Ppl are allowing their personal feelings cloud their judgment thus hampering any positive movements in this place
    • wellsa (13/08/2014, 12:05) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
      wellsa things to talk this day here august 13 vibes show there true colour by attack atlley
  • Truth (12/08/2014, 10:45) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    The top three men in this group is a bunch of sour grape to avoid....
  • Looking In (12/08/2014, 10:52) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    The chairman listen to know one he just does what he wants. He treats the local talented people like under dogs. He's a pretender to the public.
  • ack (12/08/2014, 11:06) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The bvi is in a state of confusion
  • Positive side (12/08/2014, 11:08) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    Honest opinion, The group made some good points at the meeting such as the band A-Team out of Trinidad was in the BVI for more than 4 days being feed, transported, putted up in hotels and having a free vacation on the pocket of the BVI people and they were not needed at all. The other thing is the government paid most of the entertainers from out side their money and promised to pay the locals on time and fail to do so. They also covered the disrespect local artist are facing when they try to enter the grounds to preform while bands from away are given a bus ride and a entry pass to come and go as they please. They also spoke about some of the members in the festival committee are stuck in their own ways causing a ripple effect on the entire committee and calls for measure to filter those people out to pave way for new people to be given a chance.
  • me (12/08/2014, 11:41) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    "Putted up" Wow what spelling and grammar. Positive side go back to school. Why all the discord and you all still expect the people of the BVI to come out and listen you your music, which by the way all sound the same have the same beat. VIBE Showtime they all sound the same. Get your own identitiy
  • Ateam (12/08/2014, 11:47) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    Dem outside arris is wa had the village pack and booths selling out. $30 a head and them packing the village. Why not pay dem on time after they just made me over seventy thousand dollars? What are any of the artistes following this motion doing year round? A bunch of slackers who have the talent. All you guys doing is making things hard for y'all selves.
    • Bteam (12/08/2014, 21:00) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      If you are a member of Ateam you should be ah shame to defending that crap you came here and played.
  • for real (12/08/2014, 11:56) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tis time the peoplee get organized and fight for dem rights
  • .... (12/08/2014, 11:56) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    when will it end? OMG ... we really looking foolish now. The 60th just finish ... next time, if you don't get your money upfront, don't perform/play. simple. The ones who can wait, will wait for them to get paid.
  • smdh (12/08/2014, 12:29) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    THIS IS EXACTLY WHY THE BVI WILL NEVER BE KNOWN, SOME OF YA'LL JUST WANT LOCAL ENTERTAINERS TO BE TREATED LIKE ANIMALS STAY THERE AND TAKE IT...IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO WAS AT THE MEETING THE POINT IS THESE PEOPLE ON THESE COMMITTEE'S NEED TO BE EXPOSED...YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR IS THE SAME CRY FROM LOCAL ENTERTAINERS.......IF YOU ALL FEEL THE LOCALS PLAYING HOGWASH MUSIC THESE DON'T HIRE THEM, BUT WE ALREADY KNOW WHO THE FAVORITES ARE....BVI WILL NEVER GET ANYWHERE BECAUSE WE HAVE "NO VOICE" IN OUR OWN COUNTRY AND MUST ACCEPT ANY F..KING THING!!!
  • SADDDDDD (12/08/2014, 12:47) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    THIS IS JUST SADDDDDDD, YALLLL GROW UPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    P.S if y'all planning to do anything ''BOSS'' get people with weight in the group!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Outsider (12/08/2014, 13:32) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    Based on some of these comments made there seems to be a lot of points many of the bloggers are missing.
    From reading the comments, FB, other news sites, listening to the radio and being here the past few weeks. Its the same in every caribbean country; the difference is here they are taking a stand against the wrong being done against local musicans. In St. Vincent; Fireman voiced his displeasure against his government for the same; in St. Kitts the same with Small Axe and New Vybes. BGI, AXA, SXM, VI-US the same all over. The local Musicans are never treated as good as the outside musicians. Why because we who are local to any country always seems to think everyone outside is better than our own. That is a mentality we all need to come out of; we as a people will never get ahead in any country. They are against the curruption SUPPORT THEM!! they havent been paid SUPPORT THEM!! CURRUPTION BY GOV"t SUPPORT THE CAUSE. Dont feel cause you from another country means you can't get involved in whats going on there. You pay taxes right?
    People wake up we have to remove ourself from self destruction and realize if "you don't stand for something you will fall for anything" Medger Evers.
    Ok I think I ranted enough.
  • World Gone Crazy!! (12/08/2014, 13:42) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    Who would want to do business with any of these artists when they keep airing their laundry in the press?
  • Bounty (12/08/2014, 13:46) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Treat the Locals Niiiiiiceee like Richee Spice. Treat them weeeeellll like you treat Machel......
  • How sure are you? (12/08/2014, 13:53) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
    How sure are you that these entertainers were not paid? Some of them would do anything to stay in the limelight ? Only certain bands are entitled to be road march champions. Only some bands can piggy back off the Government and when they lose they cannot accept what is reality. They are not #1!!!!
  • joke (12/08/2014, 14:26) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    If I am planning an action against somebody I wouldn't do it in their own place.
  • Soca man (12/08/2014, 14:39) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    At least the artists in the Soca Monarch show got their pay long time ago.
    • Oh My (13/08/2014, 10:33) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Get your facts straight!
      While LIME is out giving away $5,000 every week, the winners of Soca Monarch have NOT yet been paid! Shame on you, LIME!
    • noooo (13/08/2014, 12:15) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      nOOO! tHE POOR sOCA MonARCh artists have not gotten paid!
  • **** (12/08/2014, 14:43) Like (24) Dislike (7) Reply
    I'm wondering who Boss ask permission to hold meeting in the Government Community Center. Time longer than twine, keep acting like you paying mortage for there and see what happens. Humble yourself young man.
    • Real Talk (13/08/2014, 07:45) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
      He does roll up in there all sorts of time. I thought you does have to get keys from Social Development. Never knew he was the head of that department.
  • music (12/08/2014, 16:57) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    local or international u work u should be paid Montano walk away with 60 grand from the BVI I didn't hear any noise that he shouldn't be paid so why now make noise about the locals and there money is smaller than 60 grand
    • ha (12/08/2014, 19:30) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply

      Machel show earned more than $60K for the committee so no comparison. He sold out madison square gardens in New York and you comparing him to Showtime? Taz? Ritical? hahahahahhahahahahahaha!! nonsense. What makes me laugh is that these man always up and down about locals like they alone is locals. You think other locals flocking to hear them? Put them in the village alone for FREE and see what happen. They should be paid simply because they from here? GTFOH!! IYAZ from right here, he made it, he worked hard. If BVI want him they got to pay him because he has earned that. He can go anywhere and demand his pay because of the work he has put in. Outside of the BVI where ya'll going? Step your game up and stop b...hing little girls!

      • Band Member Really? (16/08/2014, 11:57) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        Did ATEAM sold out the village? Did IWER GEORGE or MOVADO do it? But they got their money correct? You people sit back blogging when ever locals speaks out about what they are going through and you try your best to distort their views because its not affecting you!! Not every band deserves to be paid big money but they certainly deserve to be paid on time and be treated with respect.
  • Hmmm (12/08/2014, 19:02) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    this nonsense has to stop!!! When they bring artists to perform they either pay them upfront or as they reach. However, our locals, who have agreed upon an amount and who work hard for their money, have to wait days and weeks after they have worked/performed before they get paid and sometimes they don't even want to pay you the amount that was agreed upon. It's a shame that we treat our own people so poorly and then want to know why they don't want to participate in future events. steups.
    • miss (13/08/2014, 11:14) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      when they bring those big name artists (like machel) they know that people will come out so therefore they can afford to pay them something upfront because they know for a fact that they will make money off of them. can't say the same for the local bands.
  • ann (13/08/2014, 00:07) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    both teh festival commitee and the NDP must go packing!!!!
  • Ratoon (13/08/2014, 01:25) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is a thing call cash flow.
    They cannot just keep writing checks.
    When you sign a contract, you request half payment and then have a fixed date for the payment of the balance.
    Overseas bands are professional groups with pre-design contracts especially as regards payments.

    step up your game and stop griping.

  • ATeam or ATm? (13/08/2014, 01:48) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just making sure I have this correct? Is it Ateam band or a ATm for someone to make money?
  • Not Wise... (13/08/2014, 07:38) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    Im my opinion if this was formed without even seeking advice from a lawyer first it was in vain. It will come off as a move from a set of unhappy bitter people. Evidence could and will be provided of time being paid in the past. Which could be 3 - 8 months after. So coming together now to get paid sooner wont make a difference. Something the group needs to look at, if MB goes, Ottley needs to be removed from the committee for being affiliated with SHOWTIME. Ting to talk eh!
  • Huh? (13/08/2014, 07:43) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Why do we make announcements that are not true in this country just to momentarily save face. "The hospital will be open for business in 20_ _". "NHI will roll out in ____ 20 _ _." "The parade will start on time." "Cheques are ready to be picked up tonight." Why lie? I was there when the announcement was made about those cheques. Stop misleading people and there won't be as great of an uprising. Gosh.
  • YES SUH!! (13/08/2014, 10:44) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    FOR ALL OF YOU HATERS AND DOUBTERS WHO HAVE NO FAITH:
    THE ARTISTS WHO MADE NOISE HAVE GOTTEN PAID BECAUSE THEY DARED TO SPEAK UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS!!
    NO FURTHER COMMENTS :-)
  • Big ekon (13/08/2014, 15:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't understand why people are upset with other people for standing up for their rights. If somebody hire you for a job and they tell you that you going to get paid on a certain day ,wouldn't you be expecting your money on that day too ? Whether you think their music is no good or not ,they worked and they should be paid .
  • observior (13/08/2014, 15:07) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    For all the doughters the artist were paid ...hours after treatening action so laugh at that....it funny how some glory in the mis treatment of others.......and unless u speak out the bvi gov and bviffc would jus try egnore you...and last as to comments earlier as why vibe was not a part of the movement fighting for all artist rights is there selfish...after thiefing a road march u cant say u stand for justice u duck an hide cause u stand for lies .....truth must prevail
    • @observior (13/08/2014, 16:23) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      lol...Duck and hide under your mother's dress...You're quite out of place you can't spell dunce!!!
    • Ok Taz (13/08/2014, 18:50) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
      Please stay in school. LMAO! Myron and MB stated before Festival started that many cheques were already written and that others should submit invoices early and they will be paid faster than usual. Get the hell out of here as if anybody studying you with your crap. You all are selfish people and only pretend to fight when you're own neck is on the line. What happen the rest of the year? Last year was the same thing. It's broke ya'll broke so? LOL
  • YESS!! (13/08/2014, 15:37) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    STAND FOR SOMETHING OR FALL FOR ANYTHING!!
  • Not Fooled (13/08/2014, 16:14) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    Boss and his crew think they're smart. Myron stated clearly that he already put things in place to ensure that payments will be made once invoices are submitted. Now that people are getting paid as planned we are supposed to somehow believe that this big bad crew is the reason for it? Give it a rest! Of all the entertainers in the BVI how can a hand full with their own agenda represent them? If Boss got Road March and got paid after his show you think he would have been here up and down like a 12yr old girl that lost her Dora back pack?
  • knowledge (13/08/2014, 16:58) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let me out this out there from now, before the next thing that will be implied by this group is that they have managed to get MB removed. The 3 year appointments of the executive committee expired at the conclusion of this 60th celebration. Therefore, there will be NO form of removal by the " alliance artists" of MB or any other person who sat on the executive committee. A new body is to be constituted, as 2015 is also an election year.

    So now that this has been out forth I will wait to hear the next saga.

    On another note MB clearly stated that vendors would have been paid in record time. He said that Saturday night. So I don't know why these folks are trying to gain points for being instrumental in being paid. For the most parts all the cheques had previously been written. But I have to smile, because soon this dust will settle, and for all the bad blood and mis statements that have been made, some will have short memories and forget. All in all is situation could have been handled better on both ends.
  • Expat Vibes (13/08/2014, 18:48) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ppl lets stop these petty behaviour and be thankful for a blessed place like the VI. At least we are still living normal better than some ppl else where that havent had food or water for 4 days. Complain less and be thankful more.
  • c (13/08/2014, 20:36) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Myron under the gun
  • tola (13/08/2014, 22:12) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    I find ppl within the BVI think it is acceptable to be taken advantage of. Whether you like MB or not, personal feelings doesnt matter, what's right is right. If you provide a service you need to be paid. There is nothing wrong with taking action when it has been done to you several times. They clearly love what they do and love the BVI to perform every year knowing that this slackness is happening, only love would make you take the bad treatment. BVI people think everything is cool once it doesn't happen to them and I think it's sickening. It's terrible to see how people think and operate in this place..JUST SICK..from a BVIslander
  • got to be kidding me (14/08/2014, 08:50) Like (5) Dislike (13) Reply
    Great Music Alliance my backside....give each of them a chance and see how quick they stab eachother in the back just to get ahead, see how quick that alliance turn into a free for all.
    • eh (14/08/2014, 23:14) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      I see the alliance but where is the great music? Out of dirky and boss I don't know who wear the biggest pads.
  • Future -NB (22/08/2014, 09:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It seems that some people are very blind. Just because some one says checks have been written does not mean a thing. Boss has been in the Alliance for years. This is not new. This has nothing to do with Road March. Boss has had the same passion last year and it IS because of the Alliance that checks are being paid earlier than previous year. Some people don't know that if a certain amount of locals did not perform there would not have been any international artist coming to perform. It is against policy for an international artist to come in for a big event if their are no locals. So the locals are needed. The artists made noise last year and made a stand. The Alliance is bigger than the people you see in the picture. That is why the poster said BVI Artist (Alliance). People don't need to talk what they don't know. The Alliance is not just about fighting for money owed, but it works together to assist others with their craft, working together, setting a place for the youth coming up and more and getting rid of issues between each other.

    SMH.......My people stop being blind and open your eyes...


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