Pan Trinbago: Panaroma will succeed, despite $$ challenges

Pan Trin­ba­go pres­i­dent Bev­er­ly Ram­sey-Moore said de­spite all the chal­lenges fac­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion, she and her team would find a way to make this year’s Panora­ma com­pe­ti­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence a suc­cess.

She ad­mit­ted, how­ev­er, that to do so there would need to be some ma­jor changes.

In an in­ter­view on CNC3 Morn­ing Brew pro­gramme on Wednes­day, Ram­sey-Moore said this year, the or­gan­i­sa­tion was giv­en an al­lo­ca­tion of $20 mil­lion.

That State al­lo­ca­tion is $10 mil­lion less than what the or­gan­i­sa­tion would have re­ceived in the past.

In light of this tough fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion, she said, Pan Trin­ba­go would not be charg­ing their usu­al 10 per cent from the bands’ as­sis­tance or ap­pear­ance fees to ease the fi­nan­cial bur­den to the bands.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the out­stand­ing debts the or­gan­i­sa­tion owed to pan play­ers; she said they were not yet in a po­si­tion to pay them but they would not be for­got­ten.

“We are very hap­py that the min­is­ter, Dr (Nyan Gads­by) Dol­ly, met us half the way and she was able to pay the prizes. It should have been paid by the last ex­ec­u­tive but the re­mit­tances, we could not treat with that.”

The debt would be left on the books as a debt and they re­main un­cer­tain as to when it would be paid. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to the pre­vi­ous ex­ec­u­tives’ fail­ure to ho­n­our the pay­ments was al­so launched.

Last year, then Pan Trin­ba­go ex­ec­u­tives were sur­round­ed in con­tro­ver­sy fol­low­ing their fail­ure to pay prize monies along with the $1,000 stipend to play­ers.

De­spite the con­tri­bu­tions of the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ty De­vel­op­ment, Cul­ture, she fears that they would not be able to ho­n­our stipend pay­ments for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion ei­ther. Asked if they won’t be paid, she said: “On the books, yes. That is why we’re say­ing let us do all that we can to make this Panora­ma suc­cess­ful.”

If the Panora­ma com­pe­ti­tion is suc­cess­ful, she as­sured that they would be mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the bands to as­sist in pay­ing their play­ers.

In or­der for the or­gan­i­sa­tion to earn rev­enue, how­ev­er, she said they need­ed to curb the “free­ness” peo­ple were ac­cus­tomed to in the in­dus­try.

“Peo­ple be­lieve that you know, we com­ing on the drag, we want a com­pli­men­ta­ry tick­et to get in.

This year we have to cut down on that. We want peo­ple to con­tribute.” She as­sured that the com­pli­men­ta­ry tick­ets would not be dis­con­tin­ued but the amount dis­trib­uted would be few­er.

“Sup­port youth in pan, sup­port our se­nior cit­i­zens let us sup­port our na­tion­al in­stru­ment this year by mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to Pan Trin­ba­go,” she said.

Reporter: Rishard Khan

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