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Music Copyright gets a helping hand from Volunteers for Carnival 2018


A recently-signed MOU is expected to contribute to more evidence-based distribution of royalties for Carnival 2018. This Memorandum of Understanding between the Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) and the Volunteer Center of Trinidad and Tobago (VCTT) was signed on Friday 12thJanuary, 2018 at the COTT Head Office, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain.

Over the next few weeks, volunteers will be engaged to support music logging at over 150 events during the 2018 Carnival. The data that they gather will be used to calculate the Copyright Royalties for COTT members.

“COTT is a Collective Management Organisation that distributes Copyright royalties to our members – music authors, composers and publishers. We rely on data to distribute these royalties accurately and fairly to our members,” said Ayanna Belgrave-Lewis, Chief Executive Officer at COTT.

“During the Carnival season there is so much data with regard to music. In the past, we relied on staff members to collect this, this year we have chosen to increase our scope and close a few gaps by including volunteers. This partnership with the VCTT will ensure that we have sufficient data which will make our distribution more reliable and accurate,” Belgarave-Lewis continued.

Giselle Mendez, Chief Volunteer of the Volunteer Center of Trinidad and Tobago expressed her eagerness about this latest partnership, “This is certainly a unique and interesting addition to our database of opportunities. It is ideal for anyone with an ear for music who is passionate about supporting the arts, culture and Carnival.”

“Each individual who steps up to volunteer ensures that authors, composers and publishers can get a fair share of earnings during this season. Volunteers in turn are trained and gain a deeper insight into the commercial side of the music business,” added Mendez.

David Bereaux, Documentation and Distribution Coordinator at COTT spoke about the value that the volunteers would add to the Royalty Distribution process. “This year we would have a dedicated group of persons to take logs. We have outlined a standard set of guidelines that will lead to more diligent capture of performance data at Carnival events. More logs will mean more accurate and timely data for distribution,” Bereaux explained.

Volunteers would be interviewed and trained before attending events over the event–packed Carnival 2018 season. The data they collect at the various activities will be used to ensure fair and accurate distribution of copyright royalties to COTT members for the live performances and recorded tracks.

The partnership between VCTT and COTT starts officially on Monday 22nd January, and will run until Tuesday 13th January, 2018.

ABOUT COTT

COTT is a non-government organisation that collects licence fees for composers, authors and publishers when musical works are publicly performed, broadcasted or recorded in the public. These fees are then distributed to the creators of the musical works and their publishers by way of royalties. COTT is the only organisation in Trinidad and Tobago having the Legal basis and right to represent and administer musical works included in the repertoire of PRS, ASCAP, BMI, COSCAP, SOCAN, JACAP and related Collection Management Societies.

ABOUT VCTT

The Volunteer Center of Trinidad & Tobago (VCTT) exists to Connect People, Fuel Hope and Collaborate for Change! VCTT supports and collaborates with NGOS & CBOS whose activities align with the Sustainable Development Goals and deliver transformational results for people and the planet. We invite you to join hands with us as we pursue a Trinidad & Tobago where there is a volunteer in every home! Volunteer Today at www.vctt.org

For further information, feel free to contact Jaye-Anne Figaro-McDonald, Member Relations and Communications Coordinator 623-6101 Ext 2005 jfigaro-mcdonald@cott.org.tt

Posted by: administrator::Jan 23, 2018

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    Music Copyright gets a helping hand from Volunteers for Carnival 2018

    A recently-signed MOU is expected to contribute to more evidence-based distribution of royalties for Carnival 2018. This Memorandum of Understanding between the Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) and the Volunteer Center of Trinidad and Tobago (VCTT) was signed on Friday 12thJanuary, 2018 at the COTT Head Office, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain.

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