The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) has announced that it has engaged the services of Lafrique Promedia Limited.
They will serve as consultants to PMAN on progressive development in the music industry, according to the Vanguard.
According to PMAN president, Obi Okwudili Casimir, the consultants are tasked with transforming the music industry through the implementation of several deliverables such as the establishment of database collation of practitioners in the entertainment and creative industry in Nigeria and the issuance of performing permit to Nigerian and non-Nigeria musicians.
Furthermore, Lafrique Promedia is expected to work with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for a convenient funding structure for the industry as well as with the collection of foreign and local performance levy.
The consultants are also expected to work on protecting the intellectual property rights of their members as well as fight piracy.
Also of interest is the proposition to establish Music Hall of Fame in Nigeria, Nigeria Music Awards and resolution centres for settlement of dispute-related issues in the industry.
The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria was founded in 1984 by the late Christy Essien-Igbokwe and the late Sunny Okosun following an authorisation under the Trade Unions Act. The association has an objective to promote the interests of musicians in Nigeria. The association also claims to be a regulator for the industry.
Since it’s a trade union, PMAN’s membership is optional. Interested persons only need to work and make a living in the Nigeria music industry in any capacity. It doesn’t matter in what category, and their nationality is of not considered. All they need is to make a formal application, pay the relevant fees and provide their supporting documents.