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The Marketing Director (left) of Airtel Malawi ceremonially presenting a cheque to the Chairman of COSOMA Board The Marketing Director (left) of Airtel Malawi ceremonially presenting a cheque to the Chairman of COSOMA Board

For the first time, the Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA) recently distributed royalties amounting to K32million from Airtel Malawi caller tunes for 2012 and 2014, from a total royalty payment of K94million which Airtel paid to COSOMA for the period 2011 to 2016. Presenting the dummy cheque of K94million from Airtel Malawi Ltd to the COSOMA Board Chairman, Mr Charles Sinetre was Airtel Malawi’s Marketing Director, Mr Emmanuel Kasambala who represented Airtel Malawi Ltd at the function. Mr Kasambala said that he was happy that his company presented the cheque to COSOMA in honour of Hello Tune music purchases and downloads made by Airtel mobile network subscribers. “Airtel Malawi has always been an avid supporter of the music industry over the years through Airtel Trace Music Stars and previous support of the Lake of Stars and Sand Music Festivals among others.”

In his remarks, the Mr Charles Sinetre thanked Airtel Malawi for honouring their commitment to pay the royalties for the artists. “This is a clear indication of how you want to promote the welfare of the artists who are also positively contributing to the economic development of the country through taxes paid on royalties” Mr Sinetre said. He also urged other users to emulate the example of Airtel Malawi Ltd, by supporting the artists and also committing to timely paying the royalties owed to the artists. “Royalties paid to the artists are for some, the only source of income. It is sad to note that some artists have died poor leaving behind their families suffering because some users have not been able to pay the royalties which they have rightfully earned” Mr Sinetre added.

He further called on Airtel Malawi Ltd and COSOMA to find ways of enhancing collaboration with a view to promoting the whole arts sector so that artists in other categories such as visual arts, film and photography can also benefit besides the musicians.

Mr Sinetre thanked the Government for providing an enabling environment that supports creativity in the country by singling out enactment of the Copyright Act, 2016, establishment of COSOMA and also funding the Integrated Arts Development Project as some of the interventions that Government has put in place to support the creative sector and empowering the artists economically.

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