In line with its commitment to finding further lasting solutions to critical challenges in the music industry, all is set as the All Africa Music Awards Music Business Summit in partnership with the Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria, Record Label Proprietors Initiative, Association of Music Artist Managers of Nigeria and Music Publishers Association of Nigeria holds the second emergency summit of stakeholders on February 12, 2024.
The summit is geared towards refining and consolidating the policy recommendations by a designated legal team.
The summit, which focuses on the rebirth of the music, entertainment, arts, culture and hospitality sector/industry in Nigeria, commences at 6pm(Nigerian time) and takes place virtually via Zoom.
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According to the President of AFRIMA, Mike Dada, Nigerian Music industry stakeholders expected to be in attendance include musicians/artistes, record labels, A&R, producers, promoters, artiste’s managers, brands, songwriters, DJs and video vixens, video directors, equipment production and rental companies, publishing companies, streaming service companies, entertainment lawyers, royalty companies, choreographers/dancers, entertainment/music journalists and media, culture and music enthusiast, other supporting professionals: cameramen, editors, make-up, hairstylist and costumiers, among others.
Dada, who described the first emergency summit as very symbolic and fruitful, expressed optimism that the outcome of the meeting would soon manifest and be appreciated by entertainment stakeholders, not only in Nigeria, but in other African countries and those in the diaspora.
The President of PMAN, Pretty Okafor, said the music stakeholders meeting is necessary as it is aimed at encouraging continuous education and engagement of sectoral bodies on roles, responsibilities, obligations and benefits to the internal and external players in the music industry.
“It is very necessary for all players within the music ecosystem, especially the artists, to join relevant organisations to further guarantee and protect them and their crafts,” Okafor stated.
Also, Chinedu Chukwuji, who leads Record Label Proprietors Initiative’s efforts in ensuring there’s a conducive environment for the recording industry in Nigeria to thrive, said the Summit would further provide a collective voice for the Nigerian recording industry on issues of policy, protection and enforcement of the intellectual property rights of its members, and engagement with commercial music users, regulators, government and trade associations among others in furthering the interests of its members.
The first Emergency Meeting of the Nigerian Music Industry, with the theme: “Identification of Internal and External Regulatory Mechanisms to Smoothen the Working Relationship among Various Stakeholders and Subgroups in the Music Industry,” was held on October 1, 2023.
Among far-reaching resolutions and action plans adopted at the Summit were participants agreeing that while legislation is the cornerstone upon which a successful and sustainable music industry is built, there is a need for well-crafted laws and regulations that can provide a stable framework for the industry, protect the rights of artistes, creators, record labels and promote investment and foster a vibrant music ecosystem.
Participants also called for a legal framework that would institutionalise minimum entry requirements for players in the industry, including musicians and record labels, to discourage quackery, mediocrity, and sub-standardisation in the music ecosystem.
At the first Summit, over 70 industry players were in attendance.
They included veteran music producer and CEO Kennis Communications, Dr. Kenny Ogungbe; Dada; Sunny Neji; Pretty Okafor (PMAN President); Olumide Mustapha (Chairman, MPAN); Sijuade Adedokun (President AMAMN); Chinedu Chukwuji (National Coordinator, RELPI); Mayo Ayilaran (DG/CEO, MCSN); foremost female drummer, Ara Olamuyiwa; Laolu Akins; Joel Ajayi; Yinka Obebe; Justin Ige; Kesse Jabari; Louis Udoh; Tayo Eleshin; and Precious Obeahon.
According to the organisers, the second emergency summit of the stakeholders is strictly by invitation.
AFRIMA is the pinnacle of African music globally.