‘Last Call’ Gospel Duo Receive $15,000 Grant

September 9, 2019

Recently, the Ministry of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports provided support to the local Gospel music duo Last Call by presenting them with a grant for $15,000.

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Tricray Astwood and Adrian Jones comprise of the popular group Last Call, and the funds will go towards assisting with the group’s upcoming musical tour.

In making the presentation, the Minister Lovitta Foggo said, “Tricray and Adrian have been incredible musical and cultural ambassadors for Bermuda over the years. They have been delighting audiences both locally and overseas since 2015 with their inspirational and uplifting music.”

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Minister Foggo added, “We’ve seen the success of their song ‘Victory’ reach number one on the Billboard charts, and they are about to go on tour for the month of October and again in January 2020.

“They have also started recording new material for the globally recognized label Dark Child Gospel. So, our Ministry appreciates the amount of work and commitment that goes into their musical aspirations, and we are pleased to be able to support Last Call’s creative efforts.”

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  1. Question says:

    This is not what taxpayer funds are for.

    • inna says:

      You mean Lovitta didnt donate part of her salary for this good cause??

      • PHSee says:

        I’m sorry but while ai am happy for these two. I don’t understand why they were given $15 . Their song has hit #1 which I trust means they are getting paid? They are also going on tour which would mean they would also get paid. While they are Bermudian they are not specifically going to represent Bermuda, promote Bermuda Music or culture or even promote Bermuda.

        This is not a case of promoting the arts or a case where they need a hand up. They have made it to #1! There is no better exposure. Would we give Collie Buds money? Maybe we have – I don’t know. But if we did I think that is wrong too.

        I am confident that they two are in a place where their musics popularity is enough to keep them going.

        In comparison.our gold medal winning para athelete, Ms Lewis that represented her COUNTRY as an amateur athlete (meaning unpaid) was only awarded $10K.

        Our Bermuda football team got paid by minister Desilva out of his own pocket! So please fill…I am happy and proud of these guys – but I struggle to figure out how this is fair . Someone explain how the payout system works?

        • Mike Hind says:

          Tours cost money. A lot of money. And they don’t always pay off, sadly.
          And a hit on the gospel charts is amazing, but isn’t the huge money maker people think it is, especially in this day of streaming.
          I have a friend who had 600,000 stream of her album… her entire album!… and made $350 or so for it.
          Last year Peter Frampton tweeted “For 55 million streams of, ‘Baby I Love Your Way’, I got $1,700.”

          Any help musicians and entertainers can get is sorely needed.

          I just hope the Government will keep going with this kind of thing for ALL of Bermuda’s entertainers!

          • Question says:

            Peter Frampton is subsidised by the UK government?
            I don’t think so.

            • Mike Hind says:

              And now you’re just trolling.

              Not once did I say that.

              Do you hate being wrong THAT much that you’ll just break down and throw a tantrum like this?

    • PBanks says:

      I think it’s along the lines of supporting the arts. So it could be musicians, artists, etc who may get grants to assist them (and potentially lead to their success inspiring other locals?)

      • PHSee says:

        But they are successful already?. They’ve hit#1 on Billboard? Giving them more money won’t get them higher than 1?

        • Question says:

          Apparently, successful bands the world over are paid for by governments.

          • Mike Hind says:

            Not once was this said.

            Why do you have to resort to this kind of pathetic silliness?

    • Mike Hind says:

      Um… Governments all over the world and for a very long time have provided grants for the arts. This is EXACTLY what taxpayer funds are for.

      • Question says:

        I didn’t realise that governments all over the world give money to bands to go on tour. Interesting.

        • Mike Hind says:

          Well, now you do. You learned something.

          • Question says:

            Does it actually happen though?

            • Mike Hind says:

              They do grants for festivals, tours, creating music, creating art, gallery shows… a whole bunch of stuff.

              It’s literally “what taxpayer funds are for”…

    • Good Call says:

      Get over it

    • justice says:

      i agree why are we using public funds to assist with a personal business venture

  2. La Verdad says:

    What talented musicians/performers. Enjoyed the video so much. Wishing you every success. Thank you the Bermuda Government for supporting them in this small way.

  3. Graham Maule says:

    The Bermuda Government has been supporting musicians and entertainers for decades, via the Bermuda Arts Council.

    • Question says:

      Was this via the Bermuda Arts Council? It looks more like a grant from the Minister of Labour Community Affairs and Sports.

      • Mike Hind says:

        the point is that the money for the arts council came from “taxpayers funds” and has done for a while now…

        Thus proving “this is not what taxpayer funds are for” as incorrect.

        It’s disingenuous to move goalposts to avoid the point.

        • Question says:

          For bands to go on tour?

          • Mike Hind says:

            Ugh. Yes. Why do you keep asking? Are you taking the position that grants aren’t used for bands to go on tour?

            • Question says:

              I doubt it.

              • Mike Hind says:

                You doubt that you’re taking that position?
                Or that grants help bands to go on tour in other jurisdictions?
                Because I’m a musician, in that industry and I know that they do and I’ve told you this several times.

                Now, do you have anything that shows that grants aren’t allowed to be used to help tours?

                Or is this just you making things up?

  4. Paz says:

    Are all grants to the arts made public?

  5. Fisherman says:

    Was the money given to american and bermudian to start recording studio recovered.