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We are all tired of the same old adage year after year. I propose Pan Trinbago set up an annual Pan Music competition to help drive the musical creativity within Trinidad carnival. Most composers have little to gain from producing a pan tune and many have to incur the high cost of a quality studio production. If there was a musical Pan Tune competition... Say the first 3 tunes to have acceptance by the bands gain a winning financial fund, for example the winner would get full reimbursement of the studio cost plus a financial reward for having four or more bands play his or her tune the second have three play their tune and the third having two. This will improve 1. The creative quality of the music, and 2. The desire to keep creating year after year.
Remove the older tune plying allowance and concentrate on new creative music.
This I think would bring much needed freshness to the art form

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Comment by Martin Maitland on February 3, 2014 at 1:18am

Patrick
At the end of the day I see Pan Men and Pan Women as smart and thy would not fall for bribery. It think they would select a tune that gives them the best chance of winning out of all presented.

Comment by (Oscar) Mark Roberts on February 2, 2014 at 11:39am

There was a Pan Song competition but it was stopped by Pan Trinbago. on one of my visit to the office

I asked the president why the competition was discontinued, his answer was interesting,  but It would be

best if youhear it from him . Mr. President, why was the Pan Song competition discontinued?

Comment by (Oscar) Mark Roberts on February 2, 2014 at 11:33am

There was a Pan Song competition but it was stopped by Pan Trinbago. on one of my visit to the office

I asked the president why the competition was discontinued, his answer was interesting,  but I would be best if you

hear it from him . Mr. President, why was the Pan Song competition discontinued?

Comment by patrick on February 2, 2014 at 11:08am

Martin in your plan, have you thought of a way to avoid composers bribing the bands to select their tune? Secondly, say the winning composer's tune is really the best in years, and most of the bands choose to play it, would the final competition be a boring one?

Comment by jerome ebenezer clarke on February 2, 2014 at 5:52am

WST members don't feel otherwise, but I  do not and will not support Pantrinbago with its nonsense, those of you who overlook the injustice meted out towards Steelpan men and Women  go right ahead ,,I am not going to join that band wagon,,Pantrinbago Must Go simple.,,so as far as I am concerned  there is no need for Pantrinbago to be  setting up or organaising anything anymore for the Steelpan fraternity,,Too Much  Stagnancy and its stinking. my respect to all...

Comment by Cecil hinkson on February 1, 2014 at 8:05pm

Martin I wish you had made this post in the forum instead of a blog because I've started a discussion  OLD TUNE and your blog contribute to the topic.

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