The Steel Pan Collective  




The Organization

Our Start

The Steel Pan Collective was founded as a non-profit organization in 2013. As musicians, we saw a lack of cohesion in the steel pan community. We knew this was not the way to go if steel pan was going to grow in the U.S. So we decided to build an organization we would want to be a part of -- one solely focused on steel pan musicians and supporters. 

The organization's goal is to ensure every individual gets the opportunity to participate in the joyous steel pan tradition and music. 

Our Mission

The Steel Pan Collective's mission is to build a connected community of steel pan musicians, artisans, and fans. We accomplish this by emphasizing our three core values: Learning, Connecting, and Performing. 

How We Are Funded

Our funding comes from membership dues, donations, grants, sponsorships, and fees. We don't plan on having tons of ads plastered throughout our site. We love the clean look! You in return can find what you need on our site.

What Membership Brings

Our members enjoy their own section of our website. When they post in our forum, look in our directory, receive newsletters, they can be assured it is coming from other members or us.  

Our members tap into a network of outlets, forums, and channels that connect them with fellow musicians and supporters. We offer an annual steel pan music festival/conference in Denver to showcase our members’ talents. We write a weekly blog and a monthly newsletter. You have the opportunity to post a blog that other members can read as well. Our members also get access to steel pan related products and services in one location. Vendors on our site are members as well. Membership is annual and renews based on your join date. We aim for simplicity and want to make your experience with the Steel Pan Collective the best it can be. 

Steel Pan and the Community Connection

The impact of steel pan on communities and society is huge. The steel pan is one of the few instruments an individual can learn without knowing how to read music. Its sound is unparalleled. Its accessibility makes it an ideal tool in an educational environment. The fact steel pan is best played in groups allows any community to rally around it. This is why you see it at festivals and events around the world. 

Steel Drum or Steel Pan is an instrument with "community" at its heart. It is the only musical instrument invented in the 20th century and is made from hammered out steel oil drums. Its origins can be traced to the island of Trinidad. Its popularity worldwide increases each year. The steel pan is played in just about every country including the U.S. 

The Steel Pan Collective is focused on the players and supporters who make up the steel pan community. Consider becoming a member. Learn about membership

Meet Our Board Members

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Contact us

Address: P.O. Box 101931, Denver CO 80250-1931

Phone: +1 (888) 620-3390, 720-222-9553 

Email: info@steelpancollective.org

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The Steel Pan Collective is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. 

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