Govt should intervene in royalty, piracy matters to save Nigerian music
GOVERNMENT has once again been called upon to take the issues of royalty and piracy seriously so as to prevent Nigerian music from going the way of the home video industry currently battling for survival. The call came on the heels of a recent open letter to Mr. Adebambo Adewopo, the Director-General of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) in a paid advertorial by a consortium of copyright owners in the music business. They had called on the commission's D-G to halt what they called "corporate piracy" so as to save the industry from being cheated and undermined corporate pirates by issuing licenses to copyright collecting bodies. They had argued that the failure of the commission to name agencies to so act on their behalf was robbing them and the nation of billions of naira in revenues and taxes.
Peak Soccer Moment on screen soon
IN line with its sports promotion focus, Lagos-based sports management and media marketing enterprise, HotSports, is partnering foremost milk producers, Peak - a brand of Friesland Campina WAMCO - for the sponsorship and production of a 30-minute TV programme, Peak Soccer Moment. The sponsorship will further enlarge brand equity of Peak, enrich television content and programming across Nigeria and deliver some value extra to consumers and others alike.
When artists prayed to ward off death
Year 2009, for many, has been one year of mixed fortune. For the arts community, it was another annus horribilis - horrible year. There had been frustrating arts and culture policies. And not forgetting, a year of dashed hope, as the National Endowment for the Arts bill is still waiting to see the light of day. It was a year of motion without movement... But wait a minute, it was a year of painful deaths. The spate of deaths recorded in the year was such that baffled many.