Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), the nation’s wave making copyright collective management organization for musical works and sound recordings which is revolutionizing royalty collection and distribution in Nigeria berths in the beautiful city of Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 for a major Stakeholders’ Forum for copyright owners and users in the South-Southern states of Nigeria.
The extraordinary forum which will hold at the main hall of Novotel Hotel in the heart of Port-Harcourt will be a historic gathering of top music artistes, songwriters, composers, music publishers, performers, record companies, broadcast stations, hotels, night clubs, restaurants, transport companies, advertising and activation companies, etc. from Delta and Bayelsa states. The event will also be attended by top government officials including representatives of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, the Federal Government agency that regulates copyright in Nigeria. The Forum will be preceded by courtesy visits to key personalities and media organizations in Rivers State.
Speaking on the upcoming forum, COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji said, “We are ready for the big event in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state. It is an important opportunity for us to interact with and listen to the people on whose behalf we work. COSON continues to take giant strides across the nation and across the world. One of the key reasons for the rapid growth of COSON and the significant stability that this great organization enjoys is that COSON continues to be stakeholder driven. The COSON Stakeholders’ Forum has been held several times in Lagos, Abuja, Onitsha, Owerri, Oyo, Akwa Ibom etc. Through a network of activists and consultants, COSON strives to make an impact across the country. We are going to Port-Harcourt to ensure that the COSON revolution continues to cut across all geopolitical terrains, inspire and energize the music industry to make great impact in the national economy, especially in the South Southern part of our nation, and at such a time when we believe music can be the unifying factor”.
Speaking also on the forum, COSON General Manager, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji said, “COSON is known for raising the bar and surpassing its past achievements, so as usual, we are leaving no stone unturned in putting together a first class event in the beautiful city of Port-Harcourt. With the recent successful hosting of the COSON Stakeholders’ Forum in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, it is indicative that we are making continuous progress and I am confident that stakeholders across the country are willing to make the necessary sacrifice and commitment to make the process work. We are indeed looking forward to this major forum in Rivers state.”
In seven years of its existence, COSON has continued to redefine the music copyright licensing landscape in Nigeria as it continues to push for better copyright remuneration for music copyright owners. Across Africa, COSON is respected as one of the most professional organizations in the music industry. In every corner around the globe, COSON is represented by about 135 Collective Management Organizations with which the wave making Nigerian organization has reciprocal representation agreements.
Certainly! come September 26, Rivers State is sure to reverberate with the now famous COSON slogan, “Let the music pay!”