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Authors: John McMillan
Published by: Stanford Business School
Originally published in: 2004
Version: 13 February 2004
Length: 14 pages
Data source: Field research
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Abstract

Reggae music has swept the world. From its origins in Jamaica, it can now be heard in clubs and bars from Senegal to Samoa. It has also influenced music from other countries, such as American rap. In the late 1990s, annual sales of reggae recordings were estimated to be $1.2 billion, of which Jamaican musicians, producers, and songwriters earned about $300 million, plus another $50 million from live performances and ancillary product sales. The case describes the evolution of Jamaican musical forms, the development of the country's music industry, and the industry's structure in the early 21st century. It then introduces the concept of industrial clusters - localized groups of firms that grow around a single industry, and include all the necessary supporting companies required by the industry. The case asks how industrial clusters provide benefits to participants, how they can be grown, and how a developing country can build an industry. This case is part of the Stanford Graduate School of Business free case collection (visit www.thecasecentre.org/stanfordfreecases for more information on the collection).

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Abstract

Reggae music has swept the world. From its origins in Jamaica, it can now be heard in clubs and bars from Senegal to Samoa. It has also influenced music from other countries, such as American rap. In the late 1990s, annual sales of reggae recordings were estimated to be $1.2 billion, of which Jamaican musicians, producers, and songwriters earned about $300 million, plus another $50 million from live performances and ancillary product sales. The case describes the evolution of Jamaican musical forms, the development of the country's music industry, and the industry's structure in the early 21st century. It then introduces the concept of industrial clusters - localized groups of firms that grow around a single industry, and include all the necessary supporting companies required by the industry. The case asks how industrial clusters provide benefits to participants, how they can be grown, and how a developing country can build an industry. This case is part of the Stanford Graduate School of Business free case collection (visit www.thecasecentre.org/stanfordfreecases for more information on the collection).

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