February 2, 2019: MTN through its Foundation has launched a series of workshops to give
students of the MUSON Music Scholars
Programme a better understanding of the business side of their craft.
The first in the quarterly series was themed “Copyright
& Intellectual Property Protection,” held at the Agip Recital Hall of the
MUSON Centre, Lagos. Using a variety of local and
foreign case studies, legal experts educated
scholars on the fundamentals of
intellectual property rights, discussing its benefits and possible consequences
of its negligence. The scholars also received
information which will enhance their entrepreneurial skills.
Speaking on the new initiative, Nonny Ugboma, Executive
Secretary of MTN Foundation, stated, “We have a long-term commitment to the development of young talent,
as demonstrated through our interventions over the years.
“Last year, we
sponsored a masterclass with the renowned countertenor, Daniel Taylor and
soprano impresario, Ellen McAteer for all students of the MUSON School of Music;
our desire to see
well-rounded music professionals who are skilful,
and understand the business of music led us to introduce this workshop series
for participants in the music scholarship programme. The workshops will help prepare the scholars for
the real world.”
Commenting on the intervention, Princess Banke Ademola, Director, School of Music, MUSON,
appreciated the Foundation, reminded attendees at the inaugural workshop that,
“What MTN Foundation is offering is critical learning often overlooked or
unavailable to aspiring artistes. It’s difficult to find words to express my delight
that beyond supporting the scholarship programme, MTN Foundation, is providing
The collaboration between MTN Foundation and
MUSON dates back to 2006, with the initiation of a scholarship programme
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 globally.
Supporting arts and culture
remains a crucial focus of MTN’s social
investment mandate in Nigeria.