UTech Gala Event to Honour Jamaica's Music Industry

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) will host a special ceremony on Saturday, December 8, 2012 for the presentation of the University’s most prestigious non-academic award - the Chancellor’s Medal to the “Jamaica Music Industry, with particular focus on popular music.”   

The award of the Chancellor’s Medal for 2012 is being given in the year of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence to the Jamaica Music Industry in recognition of the global impact of the Jamaican popular music industry.

The Chancellor’s Medal which will be presented by UTech’s Chancellor, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, PC, is of equal status to an Honorary Doctorate with comparative prestige and is awarded by the Chancellor to recognize contribution which is of national or international significance.  The Chancellor’s Medal will be received by a representative of the Music Industry and will be housed at the Jamaica Music Museum at the Institute of Jamaica.


50 Years of Jamaican Music
The red carpet gala event will include a cocktail ceremony and viewing of an exhibition highlighting 50 years of Jamaican music followed by a presentation ceremony featuring a citation on the Jamaican music/music industry.  The presentation ceremony will incorporate the creative art forms of music, speech, dance and drama and will highlight the different genres of Jamaican popular music spanning the last 50 years – Mento, Jazz, Niabinghi, Ska, Rock Steady, Dub, Reggae and Dancehall.

The Chancellor’s Medal Ceremony is expected to be attended by guests drawn from the music industry, officials from the public and private sectors, academia and the diplomatic corps.  The planning and execution of the event is being spearheaded by a Planning Committee led by University Registrar, Dr. Elaine Wallace and a team comprising internal staff and music industry experts including Dr. Dennis Howard, Mr. Desi Jones, Mr. Herbie Miller, Mr. Noel Dexter, Mr. Junior Lincoln and Opposition Spokesperson on Youth, Sports, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Culture, Ms. Olivia Grange.
Previous awardees of the UTech Chancellor’s Medal were Mr. Stephen Francis, UTech and MVP Track and Field Club Coach and Olympian Asafa Powell who has achieved more 100 metre sprints in less than 10 seconds than any other living athlete.


Michelle Beckford
Corporate Communications Manager
University of Technology, Jamaica
Telephone: 970-5299