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Published on January 27th, 2016 | by TandT Newsday Newspapers

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$2.9M for unsponsored steelbands

THE STATE will pay out $2.9 million in financial assistance to more than 180 unsponsored steel-bands across the country – including the Samaroo Jets started by the late pan icon Jit Samaroo – according to the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts.

In a ceremony at Nicholas Tower on Friday, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, began the distribution of cheques to several unsponsored steel bands from the East, North, South/Central and Tobago zones, “to facilitate their participation in the Panorama Competition and other related activities for the 2016 Carnival celebrations”.  “These funds will assist the steel bands in key Carnival related undertakings including preparatory activities such as blending of the pans, chroming, repair of stands and sourceing of additional support instruments,” a ministry spokesperson said last Friday in a media release. One hundred and seven (107) conventional and seventy-six (76) single pan bands will receive grants.

Last Friday, the Minister presented cheques to: Sherman Fyfe Steelpan Music Academy; Kings Row Retro Riddum; City Sun Valley Pan Groove; Antillean All Stars Steel Orchestra; Tunapuna All Stars Steel Orchestra; Fusion Steel Ensemble; and Trinidad Free Lancers Pan Groove.  Bands which will get grants in the northern region include: Harlem Syncopators; Newtown Playboys Steel Orchestra; Spree Simon Harmonics; T&T Defence Force; Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services; Sea Lots One Love Steel Orchestra; Stardust Steel Orchestra and Woodbrook Playboyz (single pan). Also supported are bands such as: Casablanca Steel Orchestra; Humming Birds Pan Groove; Kool and the Gang; Merrytones Steel Orchestra; Musical Harps Pan Groove; Pandemonium; Tokyo; Valley Harps.

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