The decision to set up COSON is a result of a broad based agreement between the owners of musical works and sound recordings, the users of the works and the statutory regulators on the need of the industry to close ranks and have one formidable national collective management organization to promote and protect the copyright and related right of practitioners in the Nigerian music industry. COSON also ensures that the rights of persons from other lands who have interest in music used in Nigeria are protected.


It was in the year 2000 that it was agreed between the existing collective management structures that those structures must be collapsed into COSON to bring to an end the schism and undue rivalry in the collective management of rights in the music industry. It was not until the formation of the Nigerian Music Industry Coalition in 2009, that it was decided that the time had come to take the bull by the horn. All known stakeholder groups in Nigeria were invited to the table to develop the architecture for collective management in Nigeria.

At the end of several weeks of consultations and consensus building, it was resolved that:

  • Urgent steps should be taken to bring about the formation of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) which had long been agreed to by major stakeholder organizations in the industry.
  • The emerging organization must be professional, transparent, accountable and fully democratic.
  • The new organization must be fully operational as soon as it is set up in order not to create a vacuum in copyright licensing.
  • In order to fast track the processes, existing structures of collective management and expertise already available in the industry should be utilized.


Following the above resolutions, all stakeholder groups were invited to contribute to the take-off of COSON.


COSON is a non-profit making organization governed by a Management Board representing owners of copyright in musical works and sound recordings. The Management Board is made up eleven members.


Membership of COSON is open to all owners of copyright or neighboring rights in musical works or sound recordings. The membership of COSON includes most of Nigeria’s topmost composers and performers like 2Face Idibia, D’ Banj, Iyanya, Olamide, Dr Sid, Banky W, Olu Maintain, 9ice, Sunny Neji, Chidinma, RuggedMan, Kefee, Midnite Crew, Eldee De Don, M.I. Abaga, Azeezat, Jazzman Olofin, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, KC Presh, X Project, Asha, Konga, African China, Owen Gee, Dekunle Fuji, Lord of Ajasa, Zoolezoo, Ekwe Original Stereoman, Danfo Drivers, Rhymzo, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Kofi, Jedee, Muma Gee, AY. Com, ID Cabassa, Klever J, Zidon Poperella, Evaezi, Terry G, Nomoreloss, Weird MC, Mode 9, Timaya, Sound Sultan, Waje, Mo’Cheddah, Jay Martins, Slam, Djinee, Solid Star, Omawunmi, TWO, W4, Omotola Jelade Ekehinde, Yinka Ayefele, DJ Stramborella, Ebenezer Obey, Victor Uwaifo, Onyeka Onwenu, Dan Maraya Jos, Tony Okoroji, Stella Monye, Floxxy Bee, Funmi Adams, Majek Fashek, Daniel Wilson, Alex Zitto, Sir Shina Peters, Ras Kimono, Wale Thompson, Kollington Ayinla, Adewale Ayuba, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, , Chris Ajilo, Emmanuel Ntia, Orlando Julius, Eddy Remedy, Mr. Kool, Baba Dee, Bouqui, Rooftop MCs, Kenny Saint Brown, Klever J, OJB Jezreel, Danny Young, Dipp, Frank D’ Nnero, Ojo, Tim Godfrey, Sean Tizzle, Oritse Femi, Capital Femi, Lax, Black Magic, Ikechukwu “Killz”, Emma Nyra, LKT, Kayswitch, Burna Boy, Orezi, Lil Kesh, Suspect, Mc Galaxy, General Pype, Durella, Dammy Krane, Tunde Ednut, May D, D’Prince, Wande Coal, Dr. Sid, Naeto C, Waconzy, Baba Dee, Sound Sultan, Reminisce, Chuddy K Ajebutter, IllBliss, Pato Ranking, Tope Alabi, Aramide, Bracket, Selebobo, Ajuju, Mano Ezoh, Sexy Steel, Bez, Stella Damascus, SK Sensation, Toby Grey, Skuki and thousands of others.


COSON also has as members or affiliates, the major music publishers and record companies in Nigeria such as Premier Music Publishing, Premier Records, Chocolate City Music, Gospel Choral Records, Obey Music Company, Now Muzik, November Records, Biltop Music, etc. The Society has been assigned much of the evergreen repertoire of Nigeria’s departed artistes such as Osita Osadebe, Orlando Owoh, Oliver De Coque, Christy Essien Igbokwe, Rex Jim Lawson, Celestine Ukwu, AyinlaOmowura, Sonny Okosun, Bala Miller, Dan Maraya Jos, etc.


Foreign owners of copyright and neighbouring rights also benefit from the protection offered by COSON through affiliations and reciprocities. There is no discrimination in COSON as all those entitled to membership are admitted at no cost whatsoever, whether they are young or old.


In addition to its members, COSON serves its music-user licensees by offering them access to a most valuable cultural asset: the huge repertoire of copyright-protected music which is highly in demand in Africa’s most populous nation and beyond.


How COSON Works
Under Nigerian law, owners of copyright in musical works and sound recordings have the right to request payment in order to authorize the public performance of their works. In reality, no single copyright owner can monitor the thousands of uses of his/her work in far flung places, neither is it practically possible for each person to negotiate each use and to collect appropriate payments. By coming together in COSON under a collective management arrangement, the individual strengths are pulled together to achieve what the individual cannot achieve.


MEMBERS, assignors and affiliates can rely on COSON for efficient, transparent and accountable collection and distribution of the royalties they have earned through the use of their music by broadcasting stations, hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, event centers, commercial buses, taxis, coaches, concerts, telecommunication companies, etc. In order to provide the highest level of service, COSON is deploying the substantial experience of members of its board and the cutting edge training of its personnel along with modern technology.


COSON continues to work with other members of the Nigerian Music Industry Coalition, the nation’s most potent advocacy group for the protection of the legal rights in Nigeria for composers, authors, publishers, performers and owners of copyright in sound recordings. This watchdog role is critical in an environment that is still very suspicious of the intellectual property concept.


BULK MUSIC USERS such as broadcasting stations, airlines, hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, event centres, commercial transport operators, telecommunication companies, etc must ensure that they have appropriate authorization for the music repertoire they deploy. Failure to do this can lead to very expensive disputes and costly legal contests. No bulk user can afford the massive machinery necessary to identify the legal owner of every piece of music required for its operations; neither can any user afford the cost of negotiating the use of each piece of music belonging to persons from diverse parts of the world. COSON therefore provides music users access to one of the world’s most culturally valuable products: a huge repertoire of copyright-protected music for public performance.


Music users can confirm that COSON makes the process of obtaining the right licences straight forward and efficient, offering the opportunity for the works of music creators worldwide to have a positive impact on their businesses while sparing them expensive litigations and disputes.


A World Without Music
Imagine a situation in which there is no music whatsoever on radio or television, no music in our night clubs, restaurants, or beer palours, no music in the gyms where we work out, no music in the office reception as we wait to be attended to… Imagine that there is no music in the super market or shopping mall, no music in our offices as we work, none in the barbers’ shop or the hair dressers….what kind of world will that be?


COSON makes sure that we never have a world without music. By making it easy for those who need music to have access to it and ensuring that those who create the beautiful music we love to receive appropriate compensation for their ingenuity, COSON helps creativity to continue and the world is a better place. While COSON says, ‘Let the music pay!’, we say be calm, COSON is working.


To be a world class African collective management organisation that exceeds stakeholders’ expectations with strong commitment to prudent and efficient management of resources and delivering the highest level of service.


Let the Music Pay!