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Cosoma to celebrate 25 years on August 25

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Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) will celebrate its 25 years of existence on August 25 in Lilongwe.

The copyright body’s Senior Licensing Officer Rosario Kamanga said on Saturday that all was set for the celebrations.

Kamanga said the celebrations will be done under the theme Celebrating the past to ignite the future.

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“We have lots of activities lined up during the celebrations which include awards to outstanding users who pay for exploiting copyright protected works and creators that have stood the test of time,” Kamanga said.

He also said that during the celebrations, they will officially launch the Integrated Arts Projects with all the sub-projects that include arts Sacco, arts production and marketing cooperative and the school for the arts.

“We will also launch the schoolbook project. The dates for the celebration are from August 21 to August 25. We have dinner and performances and during the dinner on August 25, we will also officially launch the Arts Production and Marketing Cooperative (APMC) store and online app for selling artistic works including music and movies, Kamanga said.

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Cosoma through funding from government is implementing the Integrated Arts Development Projects.

Meanwhile, the project’s Business Executive Isaac Chingota has revealed that they have started CD production and that they have established an online store where artists can be selling pictures, games, apps and books among others.

“At the moment, we are collecting content but we still need to do more in enlightening people on how to buy or sell content on the site www. apmcstore.com,” Chingota said.

In another development Cosoma Board Chairperson, Charles Sinetre has said the recent distribution of Hello Tunes royalties by Airtel Malawi will empower musicians economically.

Sinetre said this was a great achievement for artists and that they were looking forward to more collaboration with Airtel Malawi.

Airtel Malawi Marketing Director Emmanuel Kasambala said they started offering the Hello Tune on the market in December 201.

“We wanted to have a mobile- -based platform that could offer artists and musicians a unique channel of promoting and selling their music through customer downloads and subscription of their music as ringtones and in turn offer them an additional source of income,” Kasambala said.

He said that Hello Tunes has also been there to entertain their music loving customers in that they call or are called back by their friends and loved ones.

The mobile company gave Cosoma K94, 382, 298 in honour of all the Hello Tune local and international music purchases and downloads made by their customers (as artist royalties) for five years from 2011 to 2016.

Musician Skeffa Chimoto was the highest recipient of the first distribution pocketing K3.6 million.

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