ARTISTE, COMPOSER, SONG WRITER, RECORD LABEL, PUBLISHER
Are you a composer of music (of any kind), a writer of lyrics or a performer of vocals? If yes to any of the listed, then you are a MUSIC CREATOR.
ABOUT MUSIC CREATORS
A lot of people play significant roles in bringing that great piece of music that you enjoy to the public and COSON is charged with protecting the rights of everyone involved in the creation of musical works and sound recordings in Nigeria. These people are the composers, authors, song writers, record labels and music publishers. To qualify for membership into COSON, your works must be active – this means that they must have been recorded commercially, performed in public, or have been broadcast on television channels or on radio stations
A composer is someone who writes and directs original music used to produce various types of media entertainment. From composing the beautiful music for songs, to the composition of the underlying music played in a jingle or movie, composers are key component in the music industry.
If you write and create original music in a fixed form, then you are a composer. Also note that composers of music have numerous rights within their compositions. COSON administers what is known as Performing Rights and controls the usage of your song in public or commercial place/setting. COSON also administers your Mechanical Rights, which is a right that come into play when your music is reproduced in any form. As a composer, COSON ensures that a license is issued to music users prior to the exploitation of your works. The licensing fees make up the royalties which are then collected on your behalf and distributed.