Everything is ready for the 2020 edition of the annual “Day Without Music” celebration that takes place every year on September 1.
The “Day Without Music” is a day that the music industry in Nigeria dedicates annually to draw the country’s attention to the widespread violation of the rights of songwriters, songwriters, performers, music publishers, record labels and other stakeholders in music. music industry of the country.
As celebrated over the past 11 years, the Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON on behalf of the Nigerian Music Industry Coalition, has once again urged the country’s broadcasting stations to dedicate a substantial amount of broadcast time Tuesday, September 1. to programs highlighting the significant abuse of the rights of creative people in Africa’s most populous nation.
This, according to COSON, is a show of solidarity with the Nigerian creative community currently devastated by piracy and other forms of rights violations.
As “Day Without Music” is celebrated across the country on September 1, COSON has also asked its thousands of members across Nigeria and other music industry stakeholders to engage with the public through the media and through the vigorous deployment of its social networks. The media tries to record their contempt for the widespread disregard for the rights of creative people in Nigeria.
The “Day without Music” dates back to that historic week in 2009 when Nigerian artists of different shades embarked on a week-long hunger strike in front of the National Theater in Lagos. The hunger strike, which was the result of frustration caused by the devastating level of intellectual property theft in the country, was the prelude to what is known as the “Day without Music” in Nigeria. The day was on September 1, 2009, when Nigerian music industry practitioners asked the more than 400 authorized broadcasting stations in the country not to broadcast music for a significant period of the day.
Speaking about the upcoming “Day Without Music”, COSON President Tony Okoroji said: “We wish to underline the fact that at a time of declining income, when we seek to improve the socio-economic conditions of our people, Nigeria may no longer follow speaking lip service about protecting their creative industries. “
Meanwhile, on the Day Without Music ‘, to be celebrated under the slogan, “A music industry challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic”, all the flags at COSON House, in Ikeja, will fly at half-mast, as representatives and Supporters of the music industry will break into different broadcast stations for discussions and interviews. Additionally, COSON House will release an official statement on the state of the Nigerian music industry.