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Antigua and Barbuda Promoted at Women’s Music Award

(New York, NY, October 15, 2010) Consistent with one the destination’s promotional strategies of partnering with organizations to support cause related events, Antigua and Barbuda’s US Tourism Team supported the 2nd Annual ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Presents… Women Behind the Music Awards.

Planned to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this series is designed to encourage and recognize women in the music community. It highlights not only women songwriters and artists, but also women working in all facets of the business, including managers, attorneys, label executives and music publishers.

Last Thursday, the destination received significant exposure at this event that attracted a “Who’s Who list” of top performers, entertainment executives and media. Director of Tourism in the US Derede Samuel-Whitlock who attended the New York event said “For Antigua and Barbuda to share in the recognition of these women is indeed an honor. Their testimonies and accomplishments can help to inspire and shape our local talent and organizations such as ASCAP through its membership outreach efforts, can provide significant support to help our tourism product.” Whitlock indicates that the Tourism team will continue discussions with ASCAP executives to identify mutually beneficial joint promotional initiatives.

Grammy Nominated Universal/Motown singer Melanie Fiona was one of the top honorees at this New York event. Other honorees included Motisola Zulu, Entertainment Attorney; and Carolyn Williams, Senior Vice President, Marketing, RCA Music Group/Sony Music Entertainment.

The evening was moderated by Nicole George, ASCAP Vice President, Membership – Rhythm & Soul, with music by Miss Saigon and a special live performance by Melanie Fiona. Other presenters at the event included WBLS radio personality Egypt, and super producer Swizz Beatz.

As part of this series, a similar event was held in Atlanta on October 9, where Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Kelly Rowland of super-group Destiny’s Child was honored for her accomplishments. On October 27th the series moves to Los Angeles, where musician/singer Sheila E will be honored for her long standing career in music and entertainment.

Also recognized at this event was the Girls Educational and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) whose mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12-21, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.

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For further information contact:

Kimberley Bowers
Marketing Manager, Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority
Tel: 1 268 562 7600
Fax: 1 268 562 7600
Kimberley.bowers@aandbtourism.com

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