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The Nigerian Digital Music Summit will hold on the 28th – 29th of September at the Convention Center, Eko Hotel and Suites. The summit is hosted by the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) in collaboration with Growth and Employment Project (GEM) Nigeria and is supported by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. The theme of the summit is “Establishing the Basic Rules of Engagement in the Digital Environment”. According to Tony Okoroji, Chairman COSON, the summit will provide an opportunity for key players in the production and distribution of music in the digital era in Nigeria to engage with copyright experts to determine the basic rules of engagement in the digital environment in order to ensure that every person or organization in the value chain gets a fair deal – a condition which is necessary for stability and growth in the music industry. Stakeholders and international music industry experts from all over the world will speak at the summit and will share their knowledge with the Nigerian music industry. Participating in the summit are Audu Maikori, President Chocolate City Group, MI Abaga, Chocolate City CEO, Obi Asika of Storm 360, Sound Sultan, Baba Dee of Naija Ninja, Banky W, CEO EME, and Kenny Ogungbe of Kennis Music. Speaking on the summit, Chinedu Chukwuji, CEO COSON said, “We are ready for the redefining of the music business in Nigeria. We are certain that the aftermath of the Nigerian Digital Music Summit will be increase in investments in the Nigerian music industry because with the proper framework in place; there will be increased return on investment. Nigerian music is such a big deal internationally, our music is one of our greatest exports as a nation and it is in our best interest that this translates to wealth for the creators. We must cut our losses to the barest minimum for the preservation of our industry. COSON continues to champion the cause for better remuneration for music creators in Nigeria in line with international best practices.” The summit will be funded by the World Bank and the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development.  

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This article was first published on 23rd September 2015

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