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COTT Board Appoints New President

The Board of the Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) selected a new president on Tuesday 23rd January, 2018. Mr John Arnold will serve as the President of COTT until late 2019.

Mr Arnold is a well-respected musician and is the founder and musical director of the Signal Hill Alumni Choir and has received a Humming Bird Medal Gold in 2010 for his contribution to Culture. He holds a Certificate in Harmony and Arrangement from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In the sphere of academia, Mr Arnold holds a Bachelor Degree in Management from UWI, St Augustine and an Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.

“Mr Arnold would bring his experience as a professional event co-ordinator and promoter. He has been heavily involved in the Tobago Jazz Festival and several regional and international activities. Under Mr Arnold’s direction, COTT will be able to view the music copyright industry from two perspectives – the music user and the music creator,” said Ayanna Belgrave-Lewis, Chief Executive Officer at COTT. “We are looking forward to benefiting from Mr. Arnold’s experience in the creative industries.”

Mr Arnold will lead the board comprising Ronald Forde – Vice President; Quynton Gooding – Secretary; Kenwrick Joseph – Writer Director; Ottmore Mieres – Publisher Director; Stephen John Jr. – Writer Director; Josanne Leonard – Consultant Director and Colin Lucas – Honorary Director.


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.

Posted by: administrator::Jan 25, 2018



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