Chairperson of the Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) Grants Committee, Al Mtenje, says he is impressed by the fact that most Rights-holder associations that submitted their proposals for the Cultural Support Scheme, showed interest to include online marketing in their activities.
Mtenje made the remarks at Shire Highlands Hotel in Blantyre on Monday where Cosoma was disbursing cheques to rights-holder associations which totaled to K45 million (US$111 662.53).
“The rights-holder associations are catalysts for the promotion of culture and using information technology in the promotion of culture is the way to go,” he said.
The Cultural Support Scheme is funded by the Norwegian Royal Embassy.
The associations have allocated different amounts based on their needs as reflected in the activities lined up in their proposals.
Mtenje told the recipients to make sure there is transparency and accountability in the way funds are being used in the associations as a way of ensuring trust from the donor.
The associations that received money from the scheme are Book Publishers Association of Malawi, Film Association of Malawi, Journalists Union of Malawi, Music Association of Malawi, Malawi Writers Union, Malawi Folk Dance, Music and Song Society, National Theatre Association of Malawi, Photographers Association of Malawi, Visual Arts Association of Malawi, Poetry Association of Malawi and Nanzikambe Arts Theatre.