Caribbean Steelpan Connextion became the first steelband to receive the Live Music District Grant from the TT Music Company (MusicTT).
The company says the grant is available to promoters and event managers who are planning virtual, hybrid and/or in-person music events featuring live musical acts across Trinidad and Tobago.
“MusicTT will provide a subsidy of $800 per singer/musician booked to perform at the event.”
Caribbean Steelpan Connextion hosted a fundraiser under the auspices of the Ambassador of France, Didier Chabert, at Alliance Francaise TT, Alcazar Street, St Clair on May 28.
The event was titled Return to the Secret Garden and featured performances by the Port of Spain-based band, Carlton “Zanda” Alexander, Nisa, Aaliyah Hinds, Nicholas Sylvan, Quacy Cooper and others.
Also in attendance was Minister of Trade and Industry Paula Gopee-Scoon.
Chabert told the almost sold-out audience Alliance Francaise is representative of the French's love for good food, laughter, wine, family, friends and great music.
“Since 2018, Caribbean Steelpan Connextion has been our signature steelpan ensemble. More than music, we share a love for action against climate change. That was the theme for the last show in 2020.”
The band’s musical director is Andre Robley and its manager is Israel McLeod.