Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
That is a worthwhile comparison to make, especially given the great expenses that the samba bands also have to suffer as well as the fact that they too rehearse for many hours per practice for months in advance. Anybody who seen the Sambodromo [their "Grand Stand" on a much larger scale] on Carnival Teusday can readily appreciate the massive effort involved, so I woud definitely be interested in heaing how the numbers compare ($/panman vs. $/samba dancer; investment per band per year; etc.).
interesting... I made this exact statement at the symposium a day ago..
there must be something in the water..lol
Run steelbands like businesses.
Next thing you know, we'll have to elect businessmen as band leaders.
I keep having mental images of Milton "Squeezer" Lyons in a band meeting after Carnival trying to explain to Southern Marines panmen waiting to get paid why there was no money in the till.
A more apt comparison would be to compare steelbands to Symphony orchestras, which are not businesses, but derive income from a variety of sources including wealthy patrons, public contributions ,performances and yes,from taxpayers dollars.
Even professional sports teams are owned by groups of millionaires who still look for public support in building their facilities.
Of course funds available to steelbands should be managed in a businesslike manner,but to expect a steelband to generate profits like a successful business is asking a lot.
The (US) Small Business Administration (SBA) keeps the stats on business failures and claims that more than half of new businesses will disappear in the first five years
We certainly do not wish that to happen to steelbands!
There seems little doubt that eventually steelbands will have to be run as business enterprises .... I think the original point implied that steelbands be properly run as businesses, not as failed scams. Corrupt leadership, though it has frequently been present in pan, should not be assumed to be the inevitable outcome of what you might call the "financial democratisation" of the industry. But I agree that your analogy to first world symphonies is probably the best model to follow.