115 unsponsored bands get $1.3 million in Gov't funding

One hundred and fifteen (115) unsponsored steel bands have received cheques to assist them in their operations.

Minister of Community Development Culture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, has already presented Tobago’s cheques to Carlan Harewood, Pan Trinbago representative from the Eastern Region, due to the unavailability of the representative from Tobago.

Gerard Mendez of the Northern Region, David Balbosa from the South/Central Region and Mr. Keith Diaz, Pan Trinbago President were present for the short media conference held today, at the Ministry’s head office at Nicholas Tower, Port of Spain.

The total amount given is $1,342,500 broken down as follows:

10 Single and Conventional bands - $127,500

17 Conventional bands - $255,000
9 Single Pan bands - $67,500

17 Conventional bands - $255,000
21 Single bands - $157,500

23 Conventional bands - $345,000
Single Pan bands - $135,000

TOTAL 115 bands - $1,342,500


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