Nigeria “No Music Day” 2009

Earlier in the year (July 15 2009),the coalition of major associations in the Nigerian music industry held a world press conference to mobilize stakeholders throughout the country for the commencement of an indefinite mass hunger strike to draw the attention of the world to the intolerable amount of piracy that is devastating the music industry in Nigeria. The mass hunger strike is planned to commence on August 25.

A rally was held at the premises of the National Theatre, Lagos at 10.00am on August 25. The rally will offer an opportunity to artistes and investors across the industry to network and devise strategies to frontally attacking the piracy scourge that is plundering the Nigerian entertainment industry.

The coalition also resolved that a powerful delegation of industry stakeholders will proceed to the National Assembly in Abuja on the 1st of Septmber 2009 to express the frustration of the industry over the lukewarm and ineffective attitude of the government to attacking the piracy cancer that is fast eating away the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians and destroying the Nation’s image.

The coalition also requests that all broadcast organizations in the country to show solidarity with the plight of the Nigerian entertainment industry by observing September 1, 2009 as “NO MUSIC DAY”. Consequently, broadcasting stations across Nigeria are requested not to broadcast music between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm on September 1 2009. Artistes across the country are also requested not to engage in any musical performance on “NO MUSIC DAY”

Issues raised by the coalition of major associations in the Nigerian music industry :

Whatever efforts made so far to fight piracy have failed and rather than piracy being controlled or reduced in Nigeria, it is now ravaging an entire generation of creative people.

Practitioners in the Nigerian entertainment industry may soon be forced to take the laws into their hands in a desperate attempt to safeguard their investment and this may result in otherwise avoidable bloodshed.

Nigeria may face sanctions from the international community because of the glaring failure to meet her obligations under the different conventions and treaties signed by our country to protect intellectual property rights of citizens of other nations which are wantonly infringed upon in Nigeria alongside those of Nigerian nationals.

The coalition called on the President to take the following specific actions:-

Set up a Governing Board made up of Nigerians of proven commitment and integrity to design and supervise the activities of the Nigerian Copyright Commission in accordance with the Nigerian Copyright Act as the records show that for more than five years, the Nigerian Copyright Commission has only had a Board for a period of a few months in 2005.

Direct the Nigerian Copyright Commission to immediately put on hold the process of approval of any new copyright collective management organization pending the IMMEDIATE convening of a stake holders conference on Collective Management to ensure that the process receives input from the stakeholders that will earn any organization emerging from the process the support of the industry.

Direct the Inspector General of Police to serve a warning to the traders at Alaba International Market in Lagos, the world’s biggest hotbed of piracy, that if within a specified period the traders do not clean up the market, the government will shut Alaba market down.

The ‘coalition’ wants President Yar’Adua to, “direct the Nigerian Copyright Commission to immediately put on hold the process of approval of any new copyright collective management organization pending the IMMEDIATE convening of a stake holders conference on Collective Management to ensure that the process receives input from the stakeholders that will earn any organization emerging from the process the support of the industry,”

The coalition of the major associations in the Nigerian music industry Includes:
Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Nigerian Association of Recording Industries (NARI), Performing & Mechanical Rights Society Ltd/Gte (PMRS), Association of Music Business Professionals (AM.B-Pro), Music Label Owners & Recording Industries Association of Nigeria (MORAN), Music Label Owners Association of Nigeria (MULOAN,), Gramophone Records & Cassette Dealers (AGRECD), Music Advertisers Association Of Nigeria (MAAN). Audio /Video CD Sellers Association of Nigeria (AVCDSAN)

In Solidarity with coalition of the major associations in the Nigerian music industry,i urge all nigerians to observe a “NO MUSIC” routine between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm on September 1 2009.Lets stop the menace called Piracy as “All foreign investors in our industry have long deserted the country, taking away with them the millions in investment and thousands of jobs.”
Yes We Can….As we celebrate a “NO MUSIC DAY IN NIGERIA” today :1st of September 2009.

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