Ministry of Culture, Gender,
Entertainment and Sport

Government of Jamaica
Ministry of Youth & Culture - Culture Portfolio

About Culture portfolio

The Ministry of Youth and Culture has given its commitment to 

“To enhance Brand Jamaica through the revision of the Cultural Policy and

creation of a Cultural Industries framework for the enhancement of the 

economic contribution and the creative industries to the national economy.”


The key objectives of this policy area are to:

  • Develop and update Jamaica’s “National Cultural Policy” to ensure congruence & policy direction  among the programmes of the various cultural agencies; 
  • Bolster national pride and patriotism.
  • Promote Jamaica’s international and transnational image including activities for the strengthening of Brand Jamaica; 
  • Advance our Jamaican culture as a driver of economic growth through the creative industries and cultural cooperation with other countries; 
  • Protect the intellectual property rights of players in the creative industry.
  • Protect and preserve our Jamaican Heritage 
  • Strengthen the process to identify, monitor, maintain and promote world heritage sites 
  • Promote positive values and attitudes in our citizen

To roll-out these priorities and commitments, the Ministry has its Division and Agencies and listed below:

DIVISION

Culture and Creative Industries Division is responsible for providing policy direction and technical support in the promotion of cultural identity and diversity, the protection and preservation of cultural heritage, traditions and values, the enhancement and development of our cultural industries and their contribution to the national economy, and the promotion of Brand Jamaica.

AGENCIES

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) unearths, develops and showcases the talents of the Jamaican people.  The JCDC is also responsible for coordinating of the celebration of major national and commemorative events, such as Independence, Emancipation, Heritage Week and the birthdays of National Heroes.  

The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) was established in 1879 and is the repository of cultural information.  Through its Divisions: African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica, Museum of History and Ethnography,  Jamaica Music Museum, Natural History Division,  National Gallery, Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey, and the Junior Centres; the IOJ promotes and preserves Jamaica’s cultural and historic heritage and traditions.  

The Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) is responsible for the preservation and protection of the material heritage of Jamaica.  In this regard, the JNHT supervises and manages the maintenance of heritage sites and monuments, carries out archaeological digs and promotes research and knowledge of our heritage. These skills were especially critical in the lobby for the Blue and John Crow Mountains to become a World Heritage Site.

The National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) is a publicly owned repository of a comprehensive collection, rich in primary source materials covering all aspects of Caribbean life and society.  The Library boasts one of the largest collections of documents of Jamaica and the Caribbean, spanning over 600 years of our history. The Library benefits under the Legal Deposits Act from donations of new works from Jamaican composers, authors and publishers.

The Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC) is one of the media platforms of the Government.  The CPTC engages in domestic production and is a repository of documentaries on many of the country’s icons.  The CPTC also provides training in media arts and communications through its Media Technology Institute. Currently, the agency does not receive a subvention that covers salaries or a capital budget. This has left CPTC unable to upgrade its equipment from the proceeds of its earnings. The potential of CPTC has therefore not been fully realised.

The Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO fosters and coordinates the work of UNESCO in Jamaica; keeping the Jamaican public advised of the work of UNESCO and advising the Government on all relevant matters pertaining to UNESCO’s areas of competence.  The National Commission is expected to seek funding for some specific programmes, such as the review of the National Cultural Policy, through UNESCO channels.

Additionally, based on the pervasive and cross-cutting nature of culture, the Ministry has always forged partnerships with other ministries and agencies: the Ministry of Education; the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment; the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce; the Ministry of Information; the Ministry of Sports; the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office; JAMPRO Creative Industries Unit and Film Commission; the Jamaica Archives; and the Jamaica Business Development Company.