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Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - Contrary to media reports, the M&C Fine Arts Awards will continue to receive significant support from the M&C Group of Companies that has been the main proponent of this special event for the past 25 years.

This announcement came from a director of the M&C Group of Companies, Mr. Peter Devaux during the official opening of the M&C Fine Arts Awards Exhibition, held last Friday at the La Place Carenage. The statement was made against the backdrop of the decision by M&C to allow for greater government and private sector support of the awards. At a press conference in early September 2003, the executive chairman of M&C Group of Companies, Fred Devaux, announced that the company will lessen its involvement in the scheme due to its inability to continue to provide the level of support for the event which has expanded rapidly over the years.

Speaking at Fridays ceremony, Mr. Peter Devaux assured the gathering of M&Cs continued commitment to the fine arts awards.

We will continue to sponsor the four main prizes - the literary, performing, visual and the Joseph Devaux Awards categories. It also allows us to double the prize money for those four chosen awards, thereby making the M&C financial contribution approximately $EC 25 000 a year, .Devaux said.

Minister for Social Transformation, Culture and Local Government, Honourable Menissa Rambally emphasized the importance of M&Cs contribution to the Awards. She added however, that for the continued development of the arts, the support of government and the private sector is paramount.

Meanwhile, will be a new name for the awards come 2005, when the CDF would have taken control of the event. The upcoming M&C Fine Arts Awards ceremony is slated for January 24, 2004.

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