In light of the loss of revenue by CI practitioners due to the effects of COVID-19, CDB allocated USD 50,000 for the Music sub-sector and USD 50,000 for the Festivals and Carnivals sub-sector for CIIF Emergency Relief Grants. This grant was targeted at CI entrepreneurs who demonstrated loss of income for music, festival and carnival events that have been cancelled as a result of COVID-19.
This grant's intended use was for one of the following:
- Product development: to produce an online/virtual product or event on an existing platform external to CDB, that leads to revenue generation.
- Market distribution & channelling: to on board and promote new Caribbean content from emerging and established producers through existing regional and international electronic platforms.
- Digital disruptive technologies for music & festivals and carnivals: to support the further development of an existing electronic solution that will facilitate revenue generation through online CI showcases, exchanges and performances.
Emphasis was placed on community oriented projects where a percentage of funds raised go towards associations of health care workers or sanitation workers or registered charities, where possible.
Applications for the grant closed May 31, 2020.