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