Every September 1, Nigeria celebrates ” No Music Day”.
No Music Day seeks to draw attention to the widespread infringement of copyright as it affects the rights of performers, bands, music composers, recording artists, song writers, music publishers and other creative people in the music industry.
The theme for this year’s event is Music for National Stability. This year’s celebration is aimed at building significant public awareness and support for the new national fight against piracy of music, movies, literature, broadcast content, software, etc, which is undermining investments in the Nigerian creative industry.
The Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) and renowned Intellectual Property activist, Chief Tony Okoroji stated that “Every year, in marking No Music Day, our objective has been to engage the Nigerian people and the various governments on the potential contributions of Nigerian music to the socio-economic development of the Nigerian nation and the necessity to fully deploy the substantial comparative advantage which our nation possesses in this area, so as to provide hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs to the teeming masses of Nigerian youth who parade the streets of our country with little hope.”
Okoroji added that the creative energy of Nigerian young youths can only be explored if the right environment is created to promote their potentials.
Broadcast stations across Nigeria will observe the day by broadcasting music between the hours of 8am and 10am on Friday, September 1, 2017 as a mark of solidarity with the nation’s creative industry whose potential has been limited by massive copyright infringement.