With the financial investment to ensure the staging of this year’s 32nd Biennial Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival already made, there is a call for the music loving public not to allow talent taking the spotlight to perform to empty seats.

Roxane De Freitas, chair of the Scotiabank Foundation made the appeal at Sunday’s launch of the signature music event, which took place at Queen’s Hall in St Ann’s, Port-of-Spain.

The Foundation has again signed to be the title sponsor of the event as it has done for the past two decades. To Pace One Another On The Road to Excellence is the theme chosen for this year’s Festival, which will feature solo and chorale singing, as well as steelpan, woodwind and brass instruments in the spotlight.

“Notwithstanding the dedicated efforts to host this remarkable event, we must find a solution to filling the seats of the auditorium at each venue throughout the programme. I will like to recommend that everyone involved–committee members, sponsors, participants, school administrators–come together to discuss ways in which we can make this a reality,” she said.

De Freitas added, “At Scotiabank, we stand ready to support you to grow the event to take its prestigious place on our cultural calendar. For over two decades, Scotiabank has been the lead sponsor of the Music Festival. Our commitment to its success is testimony to our support of initiatives that provide opportunities to enrich lives of our communities and young people. We believe that every person has the right to be better off and we will continue to be a catalyst for change, through our sponsorship of musical development programmes like the Music Festival, unsponsored steelbands and steelpan education in primary and secondary schools.”