By Ayo Onikoyi
Beneficiaries of the MTNF-MUSON Music Scholarship Programme have been given special opportunity to learn ““The Business of the Arts Series” workshop held on January 25, 2019 at the Agip Recital Hall of the MUSON Centre in Lagos.
The alumni of the MTN scholarship program were exposed to valuable insights on how to navigate and excel in the Nigerian music industry. The highlight of the workshop was when the legal experts used diverse local and international cases to buttress the importance of understanding IP in order to avoid stories that touch the heart like “someone stole my song” …(*wink yes, those persons you are thinking of now).
This is probably why the MTN Foundation’s Executive Secretary, Nonny Ugboma called the workshop, “the Business of the Arts series”. She told the attendees present that the lessons shared were critical for success in contemporary entertainment, adding that, “we thought it was important to organise a series of lectures to benefit and prepare the abundant talent in Nigeria for the challenges of the real world.”
The elated Director School of Music, MUSON, Princess Banke Ademola could not hide her excitement for MTN’s support. She appreciated the Foundation, and reminded the attendees at the inaugural workshop that, “What MTN Foundation is offering is a training that is in high demand world over. People pay a lot of money to attend trainings like this and it’s really pleasing that MTN Foundation, in addition to the existing scholarship programme, is providing this opportunity at no cost to the beneficiaries.”
The MTN Foundation continues to build on its enduring partnership with MUSON with the initiation of a scholarship programme in 2006 that has produced hundreds of graduates from the MUSON School of Music, who are currently achieving laudable feats in various spheres of arts and culture