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Stakeholders call for better remuneration for entertainers

23 April 2015, 09:14Emmanuel Okara

Lagos - Some stakeholders in the Nigerian entertainment industry have called for more efforts to be made toward getting adequate revenue and remunerations for creative works in the country.

The stakeholders spoke at the third "Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NEC)" which held on Wednesday at the Ocean view Marquee of the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The conference with the theme "Buying and Selling Nigerian Entertainment and Everything in-Between" was organised by Ayeni Adekunle of the Nigerian Entertainment Newspapers (NET).

The first lead paper, entitled "The Future of Music and Fans: The Science of Tracking and Monetising Airplay", was delivered by George Thorpe, a Marketing and Research expert.

Thorpe said that music was an essential component of broadcasting and contributed a lot to the revenue generation of broadcast stations.

He said broadcasters should therefore pay for the music and other creative materials they use because they attracted advertisement to their stations.

"No broadcaster has been unwilling to pay royalties; the task is for the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) to set the goal posts so that they know what to pay to the Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)."

Thorpe said the CMOs were in the best interest of the artistes and the broadcasters.

"The NCC should help to regulate and stipulate the requisite amount broadcasters should pay for music to the CMOs," he said.

Another speaker, Eldee the Don (Lanre Dabiri) a renowned artiste and music entrepreneur, spoke about "Vision and Change in the Entertainment Industry".

"I've been a part of the industry for a long time and I feel the pains of practitioners.

"We are tired of losing money; we are tired of not having valuable insight; we are tired of not being compensated for our efforts; we are tired of lack of transparency.

"We need to have changes on how the industry is run so that the practitioners can reap the fruits of their labours," Eldee said.

Kaffy, a popular dancer, decried the non-recognition of the dance sector as a key component in the entertainment industry.

"Dance is a major part of the industry and we should open our minds to all marketable areas of entertainment," Kaffy said.

Earlier, the conference organiser, Adekunle, had said that the event was his own way of contributing to the development of the entertainment industry in Nigeria.

"This forum is a key platform through which is importance to the well-being of the nation’s entertainment industry," he said. 


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