FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND PANORAMA (2015)
MUSIC FOR COMPETITION
The choice of a soca piece could be seen as a disadvantage to international bands being requested to play music indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago. Opening of this category will provide an opportunity to give a more international flavour to the competition, can consideration be given to this?
Response: The Choice of calypso or soca is fundamental to Panorama. Choice of music can be played in the rhythm of calypso or soca and with the provision of the pre-recorded calypso or soca music, which will be played prior to the performance.
Will bands be required to submit musical scores of their pieces so that judges will be familiar with their music?
Response: No, only recording of tune of choice.
Can a previous arrangement of a soca or calypso piece be used or should music be arranged exclusive for competition?
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF PARTICIPATING BANDS
What is the criteria to be used for final selection of the bands?
Response: Criteria is detailed in Article 5.1 of Draft Rules and Regulations for Participation in the International Conference and Panorama (ICP)
How will bands be selected from USA and CANADA where there are major cities and states which stage Panorama competitions?
Response: Selection of bands will be based on the evaluation of entries submitted from States/Provinces in consultation with the Steelband Associations in those jurisdictions.
JUDGING FOR INTERNATIONAL PANORAMA COMPETITION
How will the judges be selected?
Response: Judges will be selected based on qualification and/or experience and all attempts will be made to have as broad a representation as possible.
What is the musical expertise required to be a judge?
Response: See response at 3 (A.) above.
Will there be representation of judges from participating countries?
Response: See response at 3 (A.) above.
Is capture of the Carnival spirit a criterion for judging as competition is being held outside of the Carnival season?
GROUND TRANSPORTATION AND INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER AND ACCOMODATION FOR PARTICIPATING BANDS
Will international transportation be provided for overseas bands to Trinidad and Tobago as well as ground transportation?
Response: Ground transportation only will be provided to registered players and officials. Arrangements are being negotiated for special rates for persons participating.
Will Pan Trinbago/ ICP assist in locating Pan Yards for overseas bands?
What will be the costs for use of the facilities including security?
Response: The ICP will be responsible for the costs associated with use of the pan-yard facilities and every attempt will be made to provide adequate security as required for each location.
What period will bands be expected to stay in Trinidad and Tobago?
Response: At least 4-days prior and 1-day after the International Panorama.
Will accommodation be provided?
Response: Special rates for the accommodation of participants and visitors for the ICP will be negotiated and posted on the ICP Website.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO OVERSEAS BANDS
Will financial assistance be provided to meet transport, accommodation, meals and incidentals for overseas bands participating?
Response (i): A Performance Fee will be provided. Overseas Bands competing are however encouraged to seek sponsorship/grants from cultural institutions/donor agencies in their respective countries after acceptance to compete. It should be noted that the deadline to submit applications has been extended to 31st March, 2015.
Response (ii): Caribbean Airlines Limited discount of 10% to all delegates or attendees who book directly at Caribbean Airlines ticket offices to attend the ICP.
Will there be other events other than the competition where bands could perform such as presentations, pan-parties or concerts?
Response: Yes the International Panorama Management Committee and the ICP Secretariat are in the process of organising these where possible. Discussions are ongoing.
Will performance fees be paid prior to arrival, on arrival or after performance in competition?
Response: Performance Fees will be paid on the arrival of all registered players, officials and necessary equipment into Trinidad and Tobago.
PRIZES FOR WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP
Will prize monies be distributed after the competition?
PROVISION OF EQUIPMENT AND INSTRUMENTS
Will assistance be given for stands and racks, drum sets and congas and a float for the percussion?
Will some pans be available especially bases and other background pans to participating bands?