The Eastern Caribbean copyright society, responsible for collecting royalties for musicians and artistes in the OECS, is targeting users of copyright music in Antigua & Barbuda.
The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc recently appointed an agent, after several years. That person, Dario Barthley, is expected to encourage local creators to start producing and writing original music, and to start playing more local music in order to create a revenue stream and eventually collect royalties.
ECCO’s Chief Executive Officer, Steve Etienne is confident that Barthley is the right person for the job.
“People tend to want to do business with people they can relate to, and we believe that Dario has those skills. We expect that Dario will do a sweep of the country, approach all music users and change the copyright landscape in the territory,” he told OBSERVER media.
“We’ve been active; what we haven’t had is an agent to actually stimulate and drive the business forward,” he added.
He is hoping that Barthley’s presence will give local artistes a platform so that money can stay within the country, adding “We would really like that revenue to benefit the local creators, and the only way that can happen is if more local music is being played”.
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