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01 Jun 2021
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Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA) awarded twenty-one royalty recipients that amassed a million kwacha plus during a ceremony held at Sunbird Lilongwe Hotel. The Event was graced by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife, Dr Michael Usi. Fifteen of the awardees are musicians and the remaining six are filmmakers.

In his speech, the Minister ensured the creative sector of the government’s continued interest of promoting the sector.
“Creators must work together as a unit and air out their ideas to the Ministry, my office is always open to listen and this current government recognises their input to the socio-economic development of the country”. He further urged female artists to fully exploit their talents as the group of recipients comprised of no female creators.
In her remarks, Board Chairperson of COSOMA, Mrs Maureen Masamba, thanked the government for its continued support to COSOMA in its pursuit of protecting and promoting the arts industry in Malawi. She also pleaded with the artists countrywide to invest the royalties they receive from COSOMA.
“I would like to encourage all the beneficiaries from this royalty distribution to make use of the Arts SACCO to save unlike wasting the money as we are living in a period of a pandemic that has affected their income generating activities.”
The disbursed royalties are from the Blank Media Levy for the period of July 2020 to December 2020. 3,640 works and a total of 1,055 artists have benefited from money amounting to K212,984,478.01.
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