Tuesday 26 May, 2020

COTT to help members with care package

John Arnold, President of the Copyright Music of Trinidad and Tobago

John Arnold, President of the Copyright Music of Trinidad and Tobago

The Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago will distribute cash disbursements to its members as a way to provide some assistance at his time. 

In a release, COTT said the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the entertainment industry has been nothing short of cataclysmic, from cancelled events, festivals, and carnivals to closed nightclubs and studios.

COTT said having undertaken an Impact Assessment, the Board and Executive held a special sitting, where the decision was taken to provide members with a care package.

The initiative, which will take the form of cash disbursements to members' accounts, will cost a little over three million dollars and is set to be dispensed by Friday, May 15.


Mr.  Arnold noted that, “it goes without saying, we share the burden of the impact that this pandemic has had on our members. Therefore, we felt it necessary to do as much as we could to offer some measure of relief”



He then went on to  emphasize the importance of ensuring that there are adequate efforts in place to assist creators during this time, as well as a  plan to ensure that  the sector recovers in the long-term, stating “We hope that this inspires other organisations to lend their support to an industry that has given us so much as a society”


Members are advised that additional information will be forthcoming subsequently and are encouraged to contact membership@cott.org.tt for any questions that they may have.

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