Island Stage is born out of passion for reggae and world beat music and a longstanding appreciation for reggae culture.
Island Stage Magazine is poised to become North America’s premiere source of news and information on reggae and world beat music, events, artists and the industry. Island Stage Magazine supports emerging artists, celebrates established musicians, and sets a high standard for professionalism in reggae journalism. The magazine is distributed online under a subscription model. Special music festival editions are distributed in print on site at the festivals.
The highly qualified professionals of the Island Stage Magazine team share a deep and lifelong passion for reggae. These writers and photographers travel the world to share the fun, the sun and the excitement with readers. The Island Stage staff and management draws inspiration from decades of personal and professional experience working with the top names in reggae. For more than three decades, owner and publisher Susan Underwood has nurtured a vast international network of musicians, producers and artists. These longstanding personal and professional relationships allow readers to enjoy a more intimate view of the lives of their favorite artists, as well as an “ear to the ground” for identifying new and emerging international artists from Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and North America.
Ms. Underwood’s lifelong devotion to the music and the people inspires Island Stage Magazine to consider all aspects of reggae and world beat music, from history and culture to the newest songs, festivals and whose meteoric rise to watch. The magazine regularly breaks new ground in acknowledging talented artists who may be marginalized within the industry because of their location, gender or sexual orientation. For Ms. Underwood, the magazine is one step in her long term vision to support the music industry in Jamaica, and to build a sustainable business model, including professional support and branding, for emerging and established reggae artists.
Island Stage Magazine has set a higher standard for coverage of reggae and world beat music. The high quality photography and writing, along with the intimate portraits, exclusive interviews, and timely reporting has drawn several requests to produce special festival editions focusing on event-specific performers and venues.
As Island Stage Magazine grows and extends its reach and influence, Ms. Underwood seeks partners who not only share the magazine’s passion, professionalism and dedication, but who will commit to investing the time and energy in realizing the vision of building a valuable resource for reggae enthusiasts around the world.