Big money for OUR jingle competition

November 30, 2020
Conroy Wilson, executive director of Ashe, will be one of the judges.
Conroy Wilson, executive director of Ashe, will be one of the judges.

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has launched a jingle competition aimed at bringing awareness to the Guaranteed Standards, which were developed for utility customers. The competition, which is opened to all Jamaicans, will focus on those developed for the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) and the National Water Commission (NWC).

"We hope that by entering this competition, more Jamaicans will know about these standards which were put in place to hold their utility companies accountable," said Cheryl Lewis, deputy director general of the OUR.

According to Lewis, several surveys conducted by the OUR have found that awareness of the Guaranteed Standards by residential and business customers remains limited.

Participants may enter in one of two categories -- Open, which is for persons 20 years old and over; or Student, which is for pupils in registered secondary schools or members of music clubs who are between 12 and 19 years old.

There is no fee to enter the competition. Each entry must contain one jingle of no more than one minute in length and each entry should have original lyrics, melody and rhythm. A copy of the written lyrics must be submitted with each entry. All entries must be submitted via email to gsjingle@gmail.com.

The first-place winners in each category will receive $250,000, while second-place winners will get $100,000. Teachers of students who place first or second will receive a cash prize of $100,000 and $75,000, respectively.

The competition closes January 29, 2021.

The judges for the competition are Conroy Wilson, executive director of Ashe and Rising Stars judge; musician Nigel Staff; and legal counsel at the OUR, Wayne McGregor.

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