At first I thought it was a misreport but then, Minister Lincoln Douglas denied it and confirmed it simultaneously last week: Three hundred and fourteen million dollars for the NCC!
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Creative sector to benefit from $10m European boost
The creative industry in T&T and the Caribbean region will receive a boost with the award of a grant of €1.3 million (more than TT$10 million) from the European Union (EU) to five organisations undertaking innovative projects in the audio-visual sector.
Specifically, the support will advance the development of the audiovisual arts and the local film industry. The grants will be used for training, film development, broadcast and distribution and networking, a release from the Delegation of the EU to T&T said.
The beneficiaries of these awards include Maturity Music Ltd who is developing a documentary about Culture and Steelpan in T&T, Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution Inc who is partnering with Banyan for a 3D project which will strengthen distribution channels for local films in the Caribbean.
Other beneficiaries of the grant are the T&T Film Festival Ltd whose funds will enhance the broadcasting and distribution of Caribbean films via the development of an online database of actors and the launch of a new film market. Visiting Arts (in conjunction with the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism) will provide training and capacity building for operators in the film industry to develop marketing and distribution networks.
Visual and Performing Arts (in partnership with the Arthur Lok Jack School) is receiving receive funds for training and education to improve the business and marketing skills of filmmakers and producers.
On receiving the grant funding, Arts and Multiculturalism minister Dr Lincoln Douglas said, “For many years the EU has been a strong supporter of economic development in Trinidad and Tobago and the region. We welcome the EU’s continued support in the area of culture which will assist in the diversification of our economy and build capacity in our citizens.”
Chargé d’Affaires of the Delegation of the European Union in T&T, Daniela Tramacere was proud to state that, “The EU has developed a strong partnership with T&T and confirms its support to the non-energy based services sector.”
She further added, “We often admire the skill and talent from the region and we hope that this grant funding would take T&T one step further to make its creative industry.”
More information on EU/ACP cultural projects: http://www.acpculturesplus.eu/
More information on the work of the EU in T&T: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/trinidad/index_en.htm