JaME is a multi-lingual website dedicated to promoting all types of contemporary Japanese music primarily to an American and European audience. “JaME” stands for “Japanese Music Entertainment”. JaME's principal tool for this task is our website, jame-world.com
The JaME team is entirely made up of volunteers with a strong passion for Japanese music. We support Japanese artists and their managements as well as assist them to export their music to a wider audience. We aim to form firm partnerships so that we can improve the understanding of our mutual goals, hopes and concerns. JaME is fully aware of the differences and modes of operation that exist between different countries and continents. Therefore, we work hard to ensure that we respect and can accommodate the requirements of those we work with.
Additionally, JaME is active as a service which promotes and supports activities throughout Europe and America that are connected with Japanese music.
The Origin of JaME
JaME evolved from JrockFrance.com that began in 1999 alongside the visual kei fanzine “PROTOTYPE”. In 2001, the website took over from the fanzine and began to expand, before merging with www.jpopfrance.com. Due to its popularity and rapid growth, a joint project involving contributors from France, Italy, Poland and Germany was started in 2003. The first incarnation of JmusicEuropa.com was born.
The expanded association, JaME, was formed in 2004. The purpose of JaME was to promote Japanese contemporary music through the development and creation of various media forms related to Japanese music. JaME also aimed to make links with Japanese artists to organise/co-organise concerts in Europe. This in turn led to JaME providing connections between Japanese artists and European promoters/distributors to assist with concert organisation and/or sponsorship as well as distribute Japanese music throughout Europe. In 2005, JaME increased its activities from Europe to the Americas.
JaME's content is currently available in the following languages: English, Finnish, French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Every month, the website welcomes 25,000-30,000 visitors in total across all country versions for a total of 80,000-120,000 pageviews. The multi-lingual aspect of JaME is a commitment of our belief in the importance of making information about Japanese music accessible to all.
Why Rely on JaME?
It is essential to understand that the JaME team is made up of volunteers with a strong passion for Japanese music. The core of JaME revolves around the ever-expanding development of the Japanese music scene within Europe and America. From 1999 onwards, the scene has been growing and inspiring people to learn about Japanese music, and in turn builds a mentality of spreading Japanese music even further. It is this energy which powers the enthusiasm of those who work with and for JaME. JaME has passed all expectations of its original inception as a fan site to reach a high level of quality.
JaME has always been and will always be a tool at the disposal of the fans, associations, communities and artists to develop and expand. Personal projects about Japanese music using JaME are welcomed and encouraged. The scope of JaME is only as limited as the imagination of those who use it.
JaME is not a company per se but we do however incorporate advertisements to keep our website running. Income from advertisements is only used for the maintenance and improvement of our website itself. None of our team members, including our managers, receive any salary for their work on JaME.
Key Dates in the History of JaME
1999: Creation of the French visual kei fanzine “PROTOYPE”
2000: Creation of the French language visual kei website “Ongaku da!”. The website is the online compliment for the “PROTOTYPE” fanzine.
2001: Creation of the French language Japanese music website “Japan Music”
2002: “Ongaku da!” and “Japan Music” merge to become “JrockFrance.com”
March 2004: JrockFrance.com evolves into “JmusicEuropa.com”
Spring 2004: JmusicEuropa.com forms its first promotional partnership for Japanese rock concerts in France. Similar associations are formed in Germany soon after.
Summer 2004: The JmusicEuropa team accompanied by European promoters support and create projects to develop Japanese music in Europe
Autumn 2004: In reply to the site's overwhelming and unexpected success, and the vast increase of interviews with Japanese artists, etc., the site expands and evolves into its second incarnation“JaME Europa”.
January 2005: Official creation of the Japanese Music Entertainment association that takes charge of JaME
Spring 2005: JaME publishes its first exclusive online interviews with several Japanese rock music artists, breaking its monopoly of visual kei coverage.
Summer 2005: JaME co-organises Japanese music concerts in England, Sweden and Finland. Up until this point concerts had only been organised in either France or Germany.
Autumn 2005: In response to numerous requests for advertising space related to Japanese events/Japanese music shops, etc. and the need for growth of the website itself, the JaME website is redesigned and the third version of JaME is launched.
Late Autumn 2005: JaME America is launched as a response to the requests of the Japanese music fans of Latin America (Mexico, Chile and Brazil). North America is also represented with French and English versions.
Early 2006: JaME becomes officially involved with promoters in Latin America who wish to contact and organise Japanese music concerts.
Spring 2006: JaME launches the fourth incarnation of its website. The new design is especially reflects and acknowledges the support and advertisement of the events and partners thatJaME supports and promotes.
Early 2008: JaME drops the URLs www.jmusiceuropa.com and www.jmusicamerica.com to merge together to www.jame-world.com
June 17th, 2019: JaME launches the eighth incarnation of its website.