Already impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, entertainers in St Vincent and the Grenadines are now facing a “trying and troubling” future with very little hope for any revenue in the foreseeable weeks ahead, due to the effects from the recent explosive eruptions of the La Soufrière volcano.
It is with this in mind that the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights Inc. (ECCO) has indicated that it was in the process of assessing the impact of the volcano eruption on its members to find possible ways of providing assistance.
Lancelot Chapman, director of the board of ECCO, St Vincent and the Grenadines, said he has so far discovered that at least four members were directly affected by the volcano eruption, with at least one of them suffering tremendous loss to livestock.
“The situation in St Vincent is a bit trying and troubling as far as our members are concerned,” said Chapman, during an online discussion hosted by the Association of Caribbean Copyright Society (ACCS) under the theme Caribbean
Creative SMEs Post COVID-19 held on Monday, World Intellectual Property Day.
Pointing out that the entire country was in “a very tough situation” right now, Chapman acknowledged that going forward, they are going to need a lot of help.
He said cognizant of the further fallout in earnings for entertainers as a result of the volcano eruption, ECCO was seeking to provide whatever assistance it could.
At the same time, director of the board of ECCO in St Lucia Rankin Morgan, said officials in Castries have already started discussions on how the organisation could provide assistance to its members over the short to medium-term.
“Coming from COVID-19 and going into that volcano eruption definitely changes the dynamic. And of course, there won’t be having any events any time soon so we can’t bank on that. However, we would definitely have to sit down and assess the situation and strategize on the best way forward to assist those artists,” he said. (MM)