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Cosoma starts assessing Copyright Fund receivers

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BENEFICIARY—Chikopa

Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) has made headway on due diligence on awardees of the first call for the Copyright Fund, having recently announced that it had awarded K75 million grants to 12 successful artists for the implementation of arts and cultural activities.

Copyright Fund Manager Blessings Botha said Wednesday that they were almost through with the process, having assessed recipients in the Northern and Southern regions.

“We will be doing that in the Central Region now but so far so good. We are impressed. Due diligence is a verification of the existence of the applicant as a legal entity registered in Malawi, verification of the applicants’ capability to carry out projects as well as verification of physical address,” Botha said.

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Last month, Copyright Fund Chairperson Christopher Magomero said during the announcement of the grants that the awardees will get the funds this month and that the recipients will be expected to roll out their activities next month.

The successful applicants include Sunrise Publications, Tumbuka Heritage, Mulhakho wa Alhomwe, Eka Language Services, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Luckier Chikopa, Music Crossroads Malawi, Film Association of Malawi, Story Club, Kuwala Creatives, Young Women Rise and Karonga Debate.

Following a call for proposals, the fund received 110 applications.

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The highest recipient has received K9.6 million, with the lowest carting home K2.9 million.

The copyright body used to administer, on behalf of Norwegian Embassy, the Cultural Support Scheme from 2005 to 2017 which was mainly for capacity building for right holder associations but its phasing out led to the creation of the Copyright Fund.

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