PRESS RELEASE – The inaugural Music, Model, Talent Showcase of the Islands (Island MMTS) took place July 13th through 19th and was hosted at the Melia Nassau Beach Hotel in The Bahamas.
The conference welcomed delegates from 19 Caribbean islands and over 50 VIP Agents, Speakers and international media houses from around the U.S., Canada & Europe who have committed to supporting Caribbean talent in the pursuit of their dreams.
Many agents came with the intention to scout for one or two new Caribbean talent and left the conference with the desire and promise to scout and mentor many more as they were simply astonished by the talent the delegates showcased.
“I’m going to exceed the number of people I mentor.” – Tess Taylor, President of the biggest music business network in the world, NARIP.
Delegates in attendance were from The Bahamian islands; Abaco, Eleuthera, Exuma, Grand Bahama, New Providence/Nassau, Anguilla, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Over 100 delegates, male and female within 3 age groups starting at age 5 took part in the week-long conference. They had the opportunity to showcase, network, attend seminars and compete within a full program of events designed for aspiring and upcoming models, actors, singers, songwriters and music producers in pursuit of an international career.
Conference highlights included the opening ceremony with a “Parade of Nations” featuring all participating islands, key note seminar by actress/director Kim Fields of Tyler Perry Studios, director of Meet The Browns & House of Payne, music industry sessions with nine time Grammy award winning music producer Bryan Michael Cox, model runway shows judged by the heads & scouting agents of Elite Models and Ford Models and over 250 call back sessions.
International media houses such as Hunger Magazine, Vibe magazine, Grazia Magazine, B.E.T., MTV as well as AllHipHop.com were also in attendance.
“The inaugural Island MMTS Conference was a smashing success! Island MMTS delivered on the promise of a once-in-a-lifetime event where networking, education and opportunity for offers of development and representation were present. It was termed by many in attendance, “A life changing event”, that offered delegates and VIP’s alike the chance to “believe in great possibilities”. From the amazing talent, to the inspiring workshops and seminars to the exciting events!” – Pia Glover-Rolle, CEO and Founder of Island MMTS.
All delegates were able to network 1 on 1 with agents and showcase their various talents whether be modeling, acting, music production, singing or songwriting. The event offered 12 categories of showcasing and competition within 3 age divisions. Categories consisted of Runway, Plus Model, Fashion Print, Commercial Print, Swimwear, TV Beauty Spokesmodel, TV Commercial, Monologue, Singer / Solo, Singer / Duo or Group, Singer/Songwriter and Music Producer. Overall winners from the various categories hailed from Trinidad, New Providence, Guyana, St.Lucia, Turks & Caicos Islands, St.Vincent & The Grenadines and Anguilla.
“What the MMTS team provided to us all in attendance this week, was not only the provision of a stepping stone to achieving our dream but the PERSONAL interaction with global powerhouses and memories made, i can definitively say exceeded anything any of us could have ever bargained for, or if to be paraphrased is… PRICELESS. We witnessed a Caribbean gumbo of talent this week.” – Jaydelle Celestine, Island MMTS delegate from Grenada.
The next edition of of Music, Model, Talent Showcase of the Islands (Island MMTS) is set for July 2016 and is already in the making as the first round of regional auditions is set to take place end of August 2015.
For more information about Island MMTS and how to participate, visit the website www.islandmmts.com and follow @islandMMTS and #islandMMTS on all social media platforms.