Phillips’ vision accomplished
For outstanding contribution in sponsorship to the Junior Calypso Monarch competition
With a vision to make the Junior Calypso Monarch competition a more sustainable and developmental programme, C. Anthony Phillips and his executive team at Scotiabank, through its Bright Future programme remain committed sponsors to the competition for more than 19 years.
In this vein as part of Scotiabank’s corporate social responsibility in culture among other areas, greater participation was encouraged from schools, parents, teachers and associates to ensure future development of the artform.
“The vision was to make the calypso art form more than a two week seasonal event. Previously, participation was very limited and the Junior Monarch competition was a onetime presentation of a few songs written by the established calypsonians.
“The fact that the competition can now stand on its own and more songs are now composed by other than the established calypsonians is indicative of this vision being accomplished.”
His most memorable moment of the Junior Calypso Monarch competition was the first year of the Junior Tents in 2002, where both the Semi-Finals and Finals were sold out, with many calypso enthusiasts remarking on the exceptional quality of performances.
Phillips can also recall the winning song from 2006 in the 8 to 12 category by Kishee Mighty Sweetness Moore. Her song, Stop the Discrimination was timely in a sponsorship initiative on HIV/AIDS by Scotiabank. It was subsequently recorded and a CD was produced.
His hopes and aspirations for the Crop-Over Festival include seeing more promotion of the festival by corporate Barbados by way of more decorations, public awareness and exposure to the music, especially in Bridgetown and the hotels.
Phillips is now retired, but spent 39 years in all aspects of banking at Scotiabank, with his most recent posting as the Senior Manager of Marketing.
Todd Phillips accepted the award on his father’s behalf.