The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) says the COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe negative impact on the livelihood of its members.
The disclosure came in a statement on Monday.
ECCO observed that over the past year or so, music-driven festivals, live performances and the playing of recorded music in mass venues have virtually ceased.
It noted that this has severely impacted the livelihoods of writers, composers and publishers who are its members.
As a result, ECCO said it is important to respect the rights of music creators during the current pandemic.
The organisation said despite the challenges, it has continued to do everything possible to safeguard the rights of its members.
At the same time, ECCO said it is drawing lessons from the present situation for use in the future.
The organisation’s directors and staff have reassured members of their ‘unflinching solidarity’.
And the directors and staff have encouraged ECCO members not to lose hope.
The members have been encouraged to continue to channel their energies into creating great music with the expectation that normalcy will return in the not-too-distant future.
ECCO has also reminded its members to observe the relevant safety protocols and protect their health.
And the organisation disclosed that its offices remain open for business.