The Performing Musicians’ Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) have introduced a new initiative, PMAN Membership Biometric Card Project (PMBIC) for its members and Nigerian entertainers.
The initiative according to the interim President of PMAN, Pretty Okafor, who unveiled the scheme at a stakeholder’s meeting held in Lagos, noted that the scheme is prompted to empower Nigerian musicians and members of the association.
Okafor noted that scheme is also another avenue to raise awareness on the need for Nigerian musicians and creative entrepreneurs to protect themselves, which the scheme has made available in order to get royalties.
“The biometric card is a step in the right direction to give every Nigerian musician a sense of belonging as well as protection. It’s also an innovative multipurpose personal data card that authenticates operators in the Nigerian music and entertainment industry”, he noted.
The event, jointly organized by City People Magazine and PMAN, had in attendance veteran musicians, up and coming artistes and stakeholders in the entertainment industry.
In attendance were veteran musician Sunny Neji, Felix Duke, Ruggedman, and the publisher of City People, Seye Kehinde.
In his remarks, Sunny Neji, emphasized on the need for Nigerian artistes to participate in the scheme which aims at giving a facelift to the association in terms collecting royalties.
According to Neji, “the Federal Government of Nigeria has been supportive by providing enforcement agencies to enact laws protecting the right of musicians to get royalties for every of their songs played by radio stations and also not play their music that have not be encoded”.
He however urged every Nigerian musician to embrace the scheme so as to secure and protect their future.
Meanwhile, Felix Duke, popularly known as Goody Goody, however urged young artistes to buy into the new initiative by PMAN for future.
” If you look at Bob Marley’s family, he is not alive but his family is still benefiting from his royalties today. Diana Ross has not released any album for about 34 years but she is living, she changes her private jet. We have structures now in PMAN for pension and for insurance. Anywhere your song is being played in the world, you are making money as a PMAN Member. To benefit you need to register as a PMAN Member. Its a blessing, a new dawn”.
By Bright Bassey and Damilola Olawoagbo