No Music Day is an annual event introduced by Scottish musician, Bill Drummond, who was anxious to draw public attention to what he perceived as the cheapening of music around the world.
The artiste, according to reports, had at one point in his career become worried that music was gradually losing its essence as an art form due to the thoughtless attitude of users in contemporary society. Then fed up with this and with the fact that music was no longer being used properly, he had decided to set aside a date to “listen to no music whatsoever”.
Drummond chose November 21 of every year to mark the No Music Day because it was the eve of the Feast of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music.
Far from indulging in a celebration of any sort on the No Music Day, he explained to his critics, he would spend the day developing ideas and thinking about what he wanted or what he did not want from music.
In keeping with this tradition, the Copyright Society of Nigeria has decided to mark the event across Nigeria on September 1 2017.
In a statement made available to our correspondent, the group says it will dedicate this year’s edition, themed Music for National Stability, to drawing the attention of Nigerians and government to the widespread infringement of the rights of songwriters, composers, performers, music publishers, record labels and other stakeholders in the music industry.
The group has also decided to appeal to radio stations across Nigeria not to broadcast music between the hours of 8.am and 10am on Friday, September 1, 2017 as a mark of solidarity with the nation’s creative industry whose potential has become diminished by large-scale copyright infringement.
Instead of playing music, the statement says, the stations should dedicate the time belt to interviews, documentaries, debates and discussions that focus on the rights of members of the creative community in Nigeria and the potential contributions of creative activities to the national economy.
This year’s event, the statement adds, is aimed at building significant public awareness and support for the fight against the persistent infringement of the copyrights of music, movies, literature, broadcast content and software, as well as other activities that currently undermine investments in the Nigerian creative industry.
On the theme of the event, the statement quotes the Chairman of COSON, Chief Tony Okoroji, as saying, “Our objective is to engage the people and government at all levels on the potential contributions of music to the socio-economic development of the nation and the need to deploy the substantial comparative advantage, which our nation possesses in this area, so as to provide jobs to the teeming masses of Nigerian youth who parade the streets with little hope
“The project will, among other vital things, activate a forceful campaign against hate speech in Nigeria, which is threatening ethnic harmony and peace in the country, and also enhance the vigorous promotion of the Nigerian Music Industry, so as to contribute meaningfully to the nation’s GDP.”