Over 30 students graduate from TUCO/UWI-Roytec programme
Graduates of the Certificate in the Business of Entertainment course.
Over thirty students were awarded the Certificate of Achievement in the Business of Entertainment following 14 weeks of learning about different aspects of the entertainment industry.
The students were the first participants in the Certificate programme jointly established by the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) and UWI-Roytec.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony on December 12, Meagan Sylvester, Research and Education officer said: "Having been introduced to modules such as Neighbouring Rights and Intellectual Property Rights, Attracting Finance/Funding in the Entertainment Industry, Entertainment Marketing and Protocol, Labour Legislation in the Entertainment Industry, Event Management, Building Your Brand and Endorsement Deals and Merchandising, several graduates expressed that they felt better poised to either engage in business entrepreneurship as consultants or become more informed artiste managers. Other programme participants called for a more enhanced product offering in the form of a degree since many were of the view that the content shared over the duration of the program was so rich that expansion was the key to the success of the next tranche."
"For us at TUCO, the success of this initiative and partnership charts a new path to shift the perspectives in the public about TUCO, as a cultural interest group and the Calypso artform itself. The desire to foster and develop respect for Calypso and Calypsonians through the provision of an educational platform was one of the main aims of TUCO when this project was conceived. With so many participants and graduates being members of the Calypso fraternity, we can certainly say today that we have achieved our goal," she said.
The Certificate in the Business of Entertainment course ran from September 12 to December 12.