MTN Foundation launches “The Business of the Arts Series” for MUSON Scholars

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MTN through its Foundation has launched a series of workshopsto give students of the MUSON Music Scholars Programme a better understanding of the business side of their craft.

L-R Senior Manager, Programme & Implementation, MTN Foundation, Abasi-Ekong Udobang; Commercial Legal Manager, MTN Nigeria, Lanre Kuforiji; Executive Secretary MTN Foundation, Nonny Ugboma, Programme Director, MUSON Scholars Programme, Princess Banke; beneficiary of MTNF-MUSON Scholarship Programme, Joseph Shaibu and Commercial Legal Advisor, MTN Nigeria, Iyore Asuen at the MTNF-MUSON Music Scholars Workshop Series: 1 at the MUSON Centre, Lagos on January 25, 2019.

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 receivedinformation 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 thisworkshop series for participants in the music scholarship programme. The workshops will help prepare the scholars for thereal 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 this opportunity.”

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’ssocial investment mandate in Nigeria.

About MTN Nigeria

MTN Nigeria is Africa’s largest provider of communications services, connecting over 56 million people in communities across the country with each other and the world.  Guided by a vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world, MTN Nigeria’s leadership position in coverage, capacity and innovation has remained constant, since its launch in 2001. MTN Nigeria is part of the MTN Group – a multinational telecommunications group which operates in 22 countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

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