Pan in a Vice -  Steelbands suffering due to cutbacks...

Pan in a Vice - Steelbands suffering due to cutbacks...

With a mere 15 per cent of the 147 bands registered for Panorama 2019 having the financial support of a title sponsor, guava season econo­mic conditions are hitting the steelband movement hard and forcing a collective rethink of the future of the steelband and pan’s path to growth.

The financial impact of reduced private sector sponsorship, grants and donations has been worsened by a $500,000 reduction in the State subvention to the competition orga­ni­­ser, Pan Trinbago, which re­sponded by, among other things, cutting out the $1,500 player stipend for 2019 and 2020.

The hardest hit are the most vulnerable bands operating on the margins of the steelband economy. Many are on life support, waiting to be saved by the mobilisation fee given as a grant by Pan Trinbago.

 By Sunity Maharaj

Trinidad Sunday Express

Tokyo players in compound stand-off with used-car dealer.  Pan in danger.

Tokyo players in compound stand-off with used-car dealer. Pan in danger.

Small, Medium and Large Conventional Bands Prelims Judging begins on Tuesday 05 February

Small, Medium and Large Conventional Bands Prelims Judging begins on Tuesday 05 February