The Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) has appointed a new board of directors. The November 6 elections were conducted both online and in-person and saw several new and notable names in the music sector forming the board.

The following is a press release from COTT:

A new board of Directors was elected to lead the Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago for the next three years. The November 6 election saw several new and notable names in the music sector forming the board. The election process was conducted both on-line and in-person.

At the first meeting of the Board, held on November 18th, Mr. Jabari Winchester was elected as President, Mr. Ainsley King as Vice-President and Mr. Quynton Gooding was re-elected as Board Secretary. The full Board is as follows:

Jabari Winchester – President

Ainsley King – Vice-President

Curtis Jordan

Isaac Blackman

Derek Pereira

Khori Francis

Kyle Phillips

Quynton Gooding

John Arnold

Winchester, expressed his gratitude for the confidence posited in him and the slate that he led.  “We are passionate about doing what needs to be done to ensure the success of COTT. We have fresh faces and new ideas to continue the work of transforming COTT into a vibrant collection management organisation with an eye on the future.”

The new President was in high praise for the resilience of the COTT membership and wider creative community and stressed that “despite the extraordinary challenges we foresee ahead, creators, including writers, composers, publishers, producers, and performers are very innovative and resilient. It is because of this, I believe that we can and must cohesively work together to ensure ethical policies, transparency, and accountability, for the benefit of all our members.”

Winchester noted the current challenges the local body faces given the rapidly evolving digital technologies and platforms as well as the undeniable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. He added, “we must lobby with policymakers for the protection of the intellectual property rights of creators, and ultimately implement new industry standards, to offer adequate remuneration to those who contribute so much to the cultural product of Trinidad and Tobago.” 

Winchester and his team who have begun meeting the staff at COTT said “we are focused on evaluating the organisation’s current operations and formulating a strategic plan to ensure its continuity and good relations with our members, clients and wider public.”