Dr. Jo-anne Tull
Dr. Jo-anne Tull is an academic, a researcher and consultant in Caribbean creative economy development with particular interest in festival statistics, cultural industries development impacts and creative entrepreneurship and strategy. She has written and published mainly in the area of festival/event evaluation. She has conducted several commissioned studies on festival impacts – the more recent including: CARIFESTA XIII (2018); Tobago Blue Food Festival and Tobago Jazz (2017) with Dr. Keith Nurse; the Trinidad Carnival (2016); and a labour market study of the Trinidad masquerade sector (2014). She has also co-authored with Dr. Keith Nurse “An Economic Impact Assessment of the Audio-Visual sector of Trinidad and Tobago” (2010).
Dr. Tull has served as an adviser on various regional projects and programmes: Member of the Caribbean Development Bank Evaluation Committee for the Visual Arts Biennial (current); Regional Advisor to Expanding the Socio-Economic Potential of Cultural Heritage in the Caribbean, for the Culture & Tourism Section, Department of Economic Development, of the Organization of American States (OAS) (January 2015 – January 2017); and, Member, CARICOM Expert Group “Leveraging CARICOM’s Human and Natural Assets for the Economic Development Of The Community” (February 2015).
She has also served as strategic advisor and strategic planner for various projects for Caribbean creative entrepreneurs and cultural enterprises. These have included: TUCO (2015 to 2016); Pyramid Artiste Management Agency (Barbados) (2009-2013); the Dominica Festivals Commission (2010); Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago (2006-2008); Xtatik Music Co. Ltd. (2003-2009); and KMP Music Lab (Trinidad and Tobago) (2003-2005). She has also served as Artist Manager and Strategic Advisor to Benjai (2008) and Denise Belfon (2004-2006).
Dr. Tull is currently the Academic Coordinator of the Carnival Studies programme as well as the post-graduate diploma in ACEM (Arts, Cultural and Enterprise Management). At the undergraduate level she teaches the economics of culture, economics of copyright, festival management, festival project and cultural research methods; and at the post-graduate level, Arts, Culture and Society, and Business Strategies for the Arts at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts, The University of the West Indies St. Augustine Trinidad and Tobago.