Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra Awarded Grant under Creative Caribbean Project

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The project is aimed at improving the economic conditions of creatives to stimulate sustainable growth of the Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs) in the Caribbean.

A total of US$1,028,287.22 has been awarded for the implementation of twenty-five projects across the Caribbean thanks to the generous contribution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) –European Union (EU).

The awarded Projects and locations are outlined below:

  1. Kingston Creative – Kingston Creative Accelerator, Jamaica
  2. Nevis Historical & Conservation Society – Power to the People: Strengthening Nevis Heritage Frameworks & Accessibility, St Kitts and Nevis
  3. Naparima Bowl – Upgrading the Database & Website for the National Registry of Artists & Cultural Workers, Trinidad, and Tobago
  4. The Dominican Republic Film Commission – Preservation of the Dominican Film Memory, The Dominican Republic
  5. Pinelands Creative Workshop – Cultural Heritage Identification & Preservation (CHIP) Project
  6. Kross Kolor Records – Music Production & Audio Engineering Incubator, Guyana
  7. Secondary Schools’ Drama Association (SSDA) – Facilitators and Educators Training in Education (FETE) – Trinidad and Tobago
  8. Alpha Institute – Practice Makes Professional: A professional music space for practice and instruction, Jamaica
  9. DianJen – The Online School of Music Industry Studies, multiple Countries
  10. Dominant Seventh Productions – Rellon Brown and the Dominant Seventh Calypso Jazz Band at Recontre Autour du Piano 2023
  11. Kaz Kweyol Productions Limited – Dominica’s Artist in Residence Programme: Promoting the sustainable development of the Traditional Masquerade Forms in Dominica and the region, Dominica
  12. Fundación Absoluto Teatro, Inc., M. Elizabeth Ovalle – Festival Internacional de Teatro Mujeres sobre las Tablas, The Dominican Republic
  13. Les Laboratoires de Port-au-Prince ー PAPLAB – Caribbean Dance Platform, Haiti
  14. The Bocas Literary Festival – Caribbean Writer & Industry Development Programme, Trinidad and Tobago
  15. Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra (ABYSO) – The ABYSO Kanneh-Mason Playing to Inspire Festival of Music, Antigua and Barbuda
  16. Belize Music Agency – Belize’s Festival Tourism Pilot Project, Belize
  17. Plie for the Arts – Towards Building a viable Caribbean Creative Market Place, Jamaica
  18. Agency for Innercity Renewal – Trench Town Cultural Hub, Jamaica
  19. Animae Caribe Festival – Animae Caribe Pitch Deck Finishing Accelerator, Trinidad and Tobago
  20. Koru Green – “Music Making Money”: Koru Green Artist Management Software Development Project, Multiple Countries
  21. Beyond Publishing – Loose Change – A comic-book series set in a prestigious business school that seeks to promote financial literacy in children and adults alike, Multiple Countries
  22. Baughaus Designs – BAUGHaus product development & market expansion, Jamaica
  23. Reve Jewelry – Caribbean Premier Jewelry Internship Program, Jamaica
  24. Lake Health and Wellbeing – My Healthy Heroes, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  25. The University of Trinidad and Tobago – WeCapture’s audio-visual content production and an online platform as a data outlet for networking, marketing, promotion, and distribution, Trinidad and Tobago

The second round of grant calls is now open, and creatives may apply from three categories: industry grants, enabling environment grants, and training grants at this website: Creative Caribbean Second Round Grant Calls | OPENED! (

The 15 Caribbean countries eligible for this grant scheme are: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, The Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

The Creative Caribbean project is being implemented over forty months and is expected to end in 2024.

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  1. congratulations ABYSO!

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