As an independent record label owner, I’ve done quite a bit of research over the years regarding the music business and its inner workings. I have always sought a better understanding of the international music business and how we can make sense of our music industry in Nigeria. I am here to attempt to share some of the knowledge. Unfortunately I am not a writer and I wish I could better articulate these findings into a book or some sort of manual, but my write-ups may become boring after a while..lol.
The reason I’m sharing knowledge like this is because I believe we lack proper structure because most of us don’t have a basic understanding of how the industry is supposed to work. Unfortunately, the few that do refuse to share so they can continue to exploit the ignorance of the people. If we are all better informed about copyright and intellectual property management, we will begin to understand how to apply that knowledge towards creating more successful music related businesses, challenging those that infringe on our rights in an informed manner, and exposing the true potential of our music industry to much needed investors.
In my research, I have only come across one book that tackles the Nigerian music industry with regard to copyright and intellectual property. The book is titled “Copyright & the New Millionaires (the twists and turns in Nigeria)” by Tony Okoroji, published in 2009. I recommend you get a copy of the book for a better understanding of copyright and licensing with regard to the Nigerian constitution. However, I have yet to find a book that explains all aspects of the Nigerian music industry and I seriously hope our renowned writers start to consider one. Education is key to sustainability!
During my research, I was able to lay my hands on a music industry guide created by U.S. music industry experts for TuneCore (a music delivery and distribution service that gets your music up for sale on iTunes, AmazonMP3, Rhapsody, Napster, etc., without asking for your rights or taking any money from the sale or use of your music) titled “Music Industry Survival Manual”. This manual attempts to explain music industry basics in very simple English and this is why it is a must-have! Above all,…it is FREE. I shall include a link below. It is important to note that a lot of the information in this manual relates to the laws of the United States but don’t be afraid, most copyright laws are the similar worldwide.
If you have any questions or concerns, I’d be wiling to help clarify from the Naija perspective. Click on the link below and get educated! 🙂