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Published on January 23rd, 2014 | by The Trinidad Guardian

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Scotia increases steelband sponsorships

Steelbands leaders have praised the Scotiabank Foundation for its decision to double contributions to unsponsored steelbands preparing for the National Panorama competition and increase the number of bands qualifying under the grants system.

At the 36th Annual Donations to Unsponsored Steelbands Ceremony at Scotiabank T&T Ltd’s headquarters in Port-of-Spain, the Foundation announced that contributions to steelbands had been increased by 100 per cent. Last year, the steelband assistant programme paid out $150,000 to 50 steelbands. This year’s figure is $300,000 to 65 bands.

Foundation chairman Gisele del V Marfleet said: “In commemoration of the 50th year of Independence of T&T, we assisted the highest number of unsponsored steelbands in the history of the bank—50. 2014 marks the 60th anniversary (of) Scotiabank’s operations in T&T and I am happy to report that we have increased our contribution. Today, we are assisting 65 steelbands! “This is a milestone as not only has the number of bands increased, but also the financial contribution paid to each band.”

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