Dahlia Harris, principal director in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, noted the challenges in ensuring a fair distribution of the tickets,
"When you open to the public there are a lot of variables and so the best that we can do is to put them out on a first-come, first served basis," she
said, adding that the 25,000 capacity National Stadium cannot accommodate everyone, including special guests.
said a larger number of tickets for the gala has been allocated to the general public, to ensure that as many people as possible are able to see the show.
said the Grand Gala will be a very entertaining show and will celebrate Jamaica's global impact, through the cultural and creative industries.
said all the performers on the show are part of a larger script, and the songs to be performed "will be a part of the story that we want to tell."
"The songs for the most part have already been pre-selected and a lot of the performances that they (participants) will do, will be accompanied by dance and movement," she
said the Grand Gala will feature the top three winners of The Big Stage, the Jamaica Festival Song and the Gospel Song Competitions.