PanoGrama Set for Successful Second Staging

Steelpan lovers, music enthusiasts, or even the most casual listeners will get the chance to watch some of the best steelpan players from the Caribbean put their craft on display come May 7 when PanoGrama, dubbed the World Cup of Steelpan, is slated to kick off. The online steelpan competition is getting ready for its second staging after a successful maiden year in 2020, and Nevin Roach, the founder of PanoGrama Entertainment says he has seen a marked improvement in the competition which has stepped up immensely from last year’s staging.

Roach explained that PanoGrama was birthed due to the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on the steelpan community. He says it was due to seeing online music performances, he had the idea of creating a competition for pannists.

Nevin Roach, Founder of Panograma

“During the heights of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions in 2020, live entertainment on Instagram sparked an idea to do something for pan. We were all stuck at home craving entertainment and I thought I could provide just that. I wanted to bring the entertaining vibe of Panorama to Instagram and as a result, PanoGrama was born,” says Roach. “PanoGrama made history as the first-ever online steelpan competition in 2020 and has now been dubbed the World Cup of Steelpan. It is an international steelpan competition, endorsed by Pan Trinbago (the world governing body for steelpan), that showcases talented up-and-coming musicians, to provide wholesome and family-oriented world-class entertainment, while also simultaneously contributing to the holistic personal, musical and professional development of these musicians.”

And the name of the competition reflects its roots. Born from a period of restrictions, the PanoGrama competition is aimed at not only offer a platform for the pannists to perform and put their talents on display but also helping those that have been hit financially by the pandemic.

“Panorama + Instagram = PanoGrama. Quick maths! However, that was only part of the rationale. I also wanted to use the platform to help pannists who faced financial challenges, considering that going out to play gigs was no more. The goal of assisting was achieved through the offer of cash prizes, especially appearance fees sponsored by Pan Trinbago. Also, upon completion of the competition, a sizeable donation was made to the Social Prosperity Fund of Pan Trinbago, to aid those facing financial hardships within the steelpan community.”

The event will see some of the best steelpan players in the Caribbean come together for a chance to make it to the finals and a chance to call themselves the winner of the Steel Pan World Cup. The format of the competition will feature 29 pannists who have been selected from auditions alongside the defending champion from last year. These pannists will go through a preliminary round where the number of musicians will be cut to 20 to advance to the semifinals. From there, the number will again be cut to 10 pannists that will compete in the PanoGrama finals.

“They would be judged based on very high standards. Detailed criteria would guide judges, which includes improvised or pre-composed variations, execution, and performance. Adjudicators include the Paganini of steelpan Liam Teague, virtuoso Victor Provost, Andy Chichester, David ZigE Walcott, and Ojay Richards,” Roach said.

Roach said that this year has seen a marked increase in the number of auditions, and the competition has improved in strides.

“The reception has been amazing this year. There were 20 participants across 8 countries last year, including Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Maarten, USA, Puerto Rico, and Guyana. This year, a total of 45 pannists auditioned for the competition, with new countries such as France, England, St. Kitts & Nevis, Canada, and the US Virgin islands coming on board, in addition to the countries that were represented last year. PanoGrama has also been getting a lot of coverage in the media and the competition hasn’t started as yet,” he said.

Persons interested can follow the competition on the various social media platforms like on YouTube at the channel PanoGrama, on Facebook at pano.grama1, and on Instagram at pano.grama.

energy management

Energy Management for Creatives

Energy, a powerful yet underrated word, and definitely energy management is underrated as well. Did you know that almost everything that you do requires energy including basic things such as bathing, sleeping, and eating? Did you know that managing your energy gives you more time to achieve things? At this point, you must be asking, how do I even go about managing my energy as a creative. Well, I am here to tell you a few ways you can do this and its importance.

Energy Management is deciding where to allocate your energy and what gets your energy. In essence, it involves a large amount of self-awareness. Energy Management is important as it aids in cultivating proper habits, promotes self-care as you will find that you have more time to ensure that you take care of yourself, increases your efficiency as you will feel less tired, and most importantly boosts your creative juices. Oftentimes, creative blocks come from a lack of motivation which is often linked to being low on energy. We all know that being creative takes up a lot of our time, so how do we manage our energy for better creative efficiency? Here are 5 tips:

Check-in with yourself
– Take the time to sit down and acknowledge how you truly feel and be honest about it. This will help you to recognize how important your energy is and what type of things need your energy and things that don’t. Segment your energy in these categories: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, and Mental. Make a list of what you recognize gives you energy and drains your energy, limit what drains your energy and maximize what gives you energy in these categories, and do more of it.

Recognize that your energy is NOT as constant as time – There are several factors that can affect your energy but we all have the same 24 hours in a day. In order for you to have energy, it is important that you recognize when you are at your peak when you have the most energy and maximize on that. Likewise, when you feel as if you have no energy, REST. We tend to have a culture where we glamourize sleepless nights, if you do not absolutely need to have a sleepless night, REST. Remember, health is way more important than wealth and you are no good to anybody else if you are no good to anyone else.

Take note of how your creative process – Everyone’s creative process is different. Therefore, it is important to note what makes you feel at your best during your creative process. If you realize that when you are in your creative process, you forget to drink water and water helps to give you energy, then ensure that the next time you are ready to create, you have bottles of water near you. If you realize that you feel more creatively in tune when you have a shower versus when you do not have one, then ensure you take a shower once you can before creating. Whether we believe it or not, it is often these simple things that make a difference in how and what we create.

Allow yourself to feel how you feel- Contrary to popular belief, you do not NEED to be on all the time. If you do not feel like creating today or for the entire week, allow yourself to feel these emotions. You do not need to rush yourself to feel happy. Tek time wid yuhself.

Note your journey and put yourself first – Whether you want to accept it or not, you are not good to anyone else if you are no good to yourself. Ensure that you are doing this for yourself and make note of your new energy management journey. This will help you to gain more motivation, knowing that you are in control of yourself and your creativity.

If any of these tips helped you do not be afraid to let us know in the comments below.

mood board

Mood Board and Creativity

A mood board is a physical or digital collage of images, concepts, sample objects, text, and anything else that could represent how you feel at the moment about anything at all. A mood board is often used in industries such as Graphic Designing, Interior Designing, Event Planning, and Fashion Designing. Recently, we have seen mood boards are being done to represent a person’s emotion at the end of a period, whether it be the end of their week, month, year, etc. Thus, a mood board can also be used to communicate an experience. If you have never heard of this concept before, you must be wondering, well how can I get started on making one? Once again, we have you covered. Here are a few tips on how to create a mood board:

Write down what you want to represent, this can be just random words or concepts, this will help you to create a direction for what you are trying to create.

Look beyond the digital realm. Now, it is important that you not only indulge in digital content for inspiration. Inspiration is present anywhere and in everything. Take the time to look around, capture the moments with your phone or any device that you feel most comfortable with, and see how you can create something from it.

Keep in mind your audience. You can create a mood board for a client or even yourself, it is important to keep in mind who you are creating for.

Have fun with it. Do not limit yourself! No idea is too wild to be represented.

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Choose a platform. Some platforms you can use are Milanote, Pinterest, Mural, Evernote and the list goes on. It is important you choose a platform that gives you the options you are looking for.

Let us know if you have ever created a mood board before in the comments below and what are some of the apps you use to create it!

5 Productivity Apps

5 Productivity Apps Every Boss Needs

Welcome back to Creatively a Boss, the series that recognizes, supports, and showcases creative bosses, those who want to be creatives, and everyone who just loves to create. We are here for you. Today we will be talking about 5 productivity apps that you definitely need as a Creative Boss. So without further a due let’s get into it.

Evernote Productivity App

Evernote – This app is great for making note of your ideas, your schedule and just overall helps you to maintain balance in your life. It’s available on both IOS and Android, as well as you can log in on your desktop.

Upwork Productivity App

Upwork- A little side hustle never hurts anybody. Bosses, we live in a globalized world so it is important that we are able to connect with professionals from all over the world. Upwork connects freelancers, agencies, and industry professionals, so if you want to hire somebody to write a short script or even just want to use the platform to get international customers then Upwork is definitely the place to be.

MakeMe Productivity App

MakeMe – Let’s get real, we all made a new year’s goal to get in shape and by the 3rd day we craved KFC, it's okay, we have all been there. As a boss, it is important that you are in good health and we all could do with a little extra push and this app certainly delivers.

Asana Productivity App

Asana- Visualize with me. Imagine an app that allows you to take control of your creative projects and sends you daily reminders of when they are due. Luckily, Asana brings that vision to reality. Asana allows you to manage multiple projects at once and is very easy to use.

Calendly Productivity App

Calendly – Now, it is important as a creative boss to understand the importance of your time and have a grip on your schedule so you do not feel overwhelmed. Calendly is meeting scheduling software and is perfect for helping you to keep track of meeting times with clients or even friends.

And there you have it bosses, 5 productivity apps that will ensure you are on top of your game. Let us know in the comments below if you use any of these apps and some of the apps you find most useful, let’s continue to support each other.


What is Creatively a Boss?

Visualize with me. Imagine a series that tells the stories of really creative people and now imagine those people being entrepreneurs. Okay great! Keep that image, now add tips on how to start your own business, how to manage it, how to bring your creative ventures to life and much more. Okay, open your eyes and recognize that AMMA Magazine is bringing this series to life!!! Every month we’ll be bringing you tips and interviews to help you unleash your creative potential and bring out your inner boss. The series will be hosted by me, Shadaia Francis and trust me when I say this is something you won’t wanna miss!!!!

5 Creative Side Hustles

I’m a hustler baby, oh come on I can’t be the only one who likes that song. Today we are talking about side hustles. Multiple streams of income have basically become the anthem for everyone’s life. Whether it is Forex Trading, making headbands, renting a part of your home or starting your own company, we are all looking for a way to make extra money. Here are 5 creative side hustles which you can try out.


  • Start an Event Planning Business

If you love to organize occasions then this is the perfect Side Hustle for you. Event Planning is undoubtedly one of the best ways in which you can express your creative side. You can start by planning an event in your community, a farewell party for your friend or even your cousin’s birthday party. Whatever you do, just put your own little magic on it and watch your business flourish.


  • Become a Freelancer

A freelancer is someone who may be employed to work on a contractual basis, particular assignments or just someone who is self-employed. You can just about become a freelancer in everything and anything. Some examples include: A freelance writer, translator, graphic designer, marketer, dressmaker, photographer, teacher, waiter, video editor, chicken farmer and the list is endless, just like your possibilities and opportunities.

How do I get started you may ask? It’s easier than you think, just put yourself out there, offer your services at a discounted price to a friend or colleague; soon enough people will be calling you from all over for your services. There are even websites you can join like Fiverr, Upwork, and Glassdoor. So if you have a skill, monetize it and become a Freelancer, trust me you won’t regret it.


  • Start a YouTube Channel

You probably rolled your eyes at the thought of even creating a YouTube channel. Maybe you are even scared to put yourself out there, what if I told you that you don’t even have to put yourself out there? You can literally have a YouTube channel that only showcases you showing off your skills. There are many categories to choose from, pick one that suits you and get hustlin’.


  • Become a Podcast Producer

If you are passionate about creating a platform for people to voice their opinions, have a little extra space at your home, always wanted to edit videos and audios? Well, this would be the perfect side hustle for you. This is a very important side hustle as the podcast producer ensures that the podcast runs smoothly. How do I get started? Research what you need, make a list, set your pricing points, ADVERTISE. Many people want to create podcasts but don’t even know where to start. Hey, you could even find guests and create your own Podcast. Let your creative juices run wild!


  • Start a Creative Consultancy agency

Now, you’re probably somebody who has bright ideas, visions, a way how to make something better and many other skills that you probably think aren’t a big deal. A creative consultant is someone who uses their talents to provide insight for projects, written or verbal content, innovative products and so much more. How do I get started? Offer your services for free to people with small businesses or those who would like to start a business for free. Create a flyer (There are many free websites and templates available for this) and get your hustle on!!!


There you have it! 5 Creative ways in which YOU can make a little extra money. Remember to never let anyone stop you from achieving your goals. Be sure to follow Amma magazine on all social media platforms and subscribe to our blog if you want to read more interesting and helpful content like this.