Music Industry Suffers Major Loss – JACAP Member Gunned Down

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10:06 PM

The music industry lost another key member, Dean McKellar a member of the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers, JACAP board member was murdered and he is said to be sadly missed, even though his name was not mentioned very often in the media.

He was a music rights analyst and a lecturer who served as a board member at JACAP. The group that is in charge, of the collection of royalties for composers in Jamaica.


On February 19, 2020 he was gunned down in Paisley District in St. Andrew. He was speaking to a man when a car drove up and persons in the car opened gunfire hitting the two men, they were rushed to the hospital and 48-year-old McKellar succumbed to his injuries.

He was simply going back home after he had bought a cylinder of gas in his community. 

He was a very important person who was well respected because he was knowledgeable, humble and helpful. He educated artistes about the collecting procedures they needed to go through to collect their royalties.

Dean’s death has left a big void in the area of intellectual property rights management, in the music industry that will be very hard to fill, a source revealed.

He was very good at dealing with the running of the organisation on a day to day basis the source also added.

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