CreativeTT Pushing MusicTT, FashionTT & FilmTT to New Heights In 2019
Senator The Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry with the inaugural
graduating class of FashionTT VCIP designers.
Port of Spain, Friday 3rd January 2020: CreativeTT, comprising of MusicTT, FashionTT and FilmTT celebrate a successful 2019, working together to open new doors to the world for the local Creative Sectors
MusicTT concluded 1 year of the Live Music District pilot which started in March 2018 and as of October 2019 saw 597 performances, 252 registered artistes and 35 venues participating with an additional 7 public spaces utilized.
MusicTT launched the Spotlight programme in February 2019 with a "Call to Register" which ended in March 2019. The programme received 41 quality applications, all of whom were auditioned by a panel of seasoned industry experts. Fifteen (15) persons were selected to move on to the final audition showcase where they were judged by an international panel. The 15 participants completed their training in Business of Music, Understanding the Studio Production Process, Music Theory & Musician Speak, Branding, Stage Performance and Vocal Training. These skills will assist them in their long-term development as artistes. Since its inception, the Spotlight programme has had 2 international successes with Dezii, touring internationally since May 2019 and Daniel Griffith, who was 1 of 3 selected out of 98 persons to be part of the UK touring cast of Disney's “The Lion King.”
From left to right: Mr. Francis Escayg, Director, MusicTT Board; John Arnold, Chairman, MusicTT
Board; Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the
Arts; Senator The Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry; Melissa Jimenez,
General Manager of MusicTT; Councillor Stephen Harper, Port-of-Spain City Corporation at the Launch
of MusicTT AMPT app.
In September 2019, MusicTT launched its AMPT app, a new online platform where venues discover and book artistes, while the public can also access a calendar of events for the Live Music District and other live music events in Trinidad and Tobago. The app’s features are customized to meet the needs of our local music landscape. The AMPT app can be downloaded on both the Google Play and Apple App Stores.
As the Film Commission for Trinidad and Tobago, FilmTT has been working to improve the operating landscape in Trinidad and Tobago for all producers, and to attract incoming productions to experience our competitive and unique locations. In 2018-2019, FilmTT facilitated 22 productions from the US, UK and the Caribbean, shooting all over Trinidad and Tobago. These productions, for notable platforms such as the BBC, Warner Bros, National Geographic, VH1 and CBS, spent a total of TT$16,543,030 on services and crew hires, and hired approximately 495 local production cast, crew and suppliers on both islands.
As part of the international marketing effort, they also hosted the first Familiarisation Tour for Trinidad and Tobago, inviting 3 influential location managers from Los Angeles, Atlanta and London to tour Trinidad and Tobago; 3 of the top international production hubs for film and television. The location managers toured 50 locations across Trinidad and Tobago over 5 days, met with local production professionals and got a taste of Trinidad and Tobago culture becoming ardent ambassadors of Trinidad and Tobago as a production destination.
Business of Film Photo caption: (Back) Eric Williams
(left to right) Liz Hinlein, Sara Elizabeth Timmins, John Thomas, Amanda Toney, Aimee Schoof, Kristy
Clabaugh, Richard “RB” Botto, Thomas Crowell Esq. and Nneka Luke FilmTT GM.
(front) Christopher Lockhart and Alex Creasia.
In support of the development of local content producers and directors, FilmTT hosted the “Business of Film” Workshop in September, with the support of ExporTT and Los Angeles-based training partners Stage 32. This was the first such comprehensive training programme for working professionals in the T&T film and audio-visual industry. Over four days, 46 attendees had unprecedented access to 11 experienced educators from Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York, with many years of collective practical experience across critical fields such as screenwriting, story editing, accounting, law, producing, directing, marketing and distribution.
FashionTT hosted an Entrepreneurial Development Programme in conjunction with NEDCO, which commenced in January 2019 and continued for 7 months with 64 designers graduating in November 2019. Over 40 designers had monthly, one-on-one mentorship sessions with NEDCO via another tier of support, the business advisory, which provided a detailed company assessment, gap analysis and provisions for financing. The knowledge and experience gained by 10 designers in the Non-Global Value Chain tier by a Professor from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, has resulted in significant business operational improvements and exports globally. FashionTT supports in excess of 120 designers annually with sales increases deriving from this programme’s mentorship at a baseline of TT $2.5 million in 2019.
Partnering with the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards, FashionTT hosted a workshop for over 60 designers, educating them on the new industry standard “The Selection of Fabrics” in Trinidad and Tobago, guiding the local fashion industry towards a global standard.
FashionTT, in collaboration with Savile Row Bespoke Academy London and the MIC Institute of Technology facilitated the launch of the Train The Trainers Programme in Ultra Bespoke Tailoring. This programme followed the successful completion of the one-year certificate programme in ultra bespoke tailoring which equipped 26 tailors to produce quality bespoke suits and garments of an international standard under the auspices of Professor Andrew Ramroop, OBE. These tailors have established businesses and have now embarked on an intensive one-year Train The Trainers programme, providing them with training to educate up-and-coming craft persons with the ability to manufacture at the Savile Row London standard. This gives them the opportunity for meaningful employment at the Savile Row Bespoke Academy, the MIC Institute of Technology and YTEPP among other institutions, thereby building a world-class bespoke tailoring industry to establish a reputation for Made in T&T as the Mark of Quality.
CreativeTT looks forward to the continued growth and success of the Creative Sector in Trinidad and Tobago in 2020.
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