The Botswana International Trade Centre (BITC) hosted Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) executive committee to share common working grounds, including in seeing to the successful hosting of the music awards. BOMU President Pagson Ntsie said they are committed to make sure that the union succeeds in improving lives of artists. He said they are happy to be partners with BITC once again since the last time they were part of the awards was in 2012. He applauded BITC’s Gaorekwe Gaorekwe for the support that he has towards the local music industry and artists. “We need so many Gaorekwe’s in this industry, and for us to commercialise and professionalise this industry we need people like him,” Pagson said. He promised to improve the image of the association. He said he is aware of only few people who want to destroy them, and that is where the disciplinary committee will work even more to take appropriate action against culprits. Disciplinary Committee Chair Nkgopolang Tlhomelang encouraged artists to take themselves very seriously, acknowledging that over the past years they showed signs of growing. Tlhomelang warned that they will take action against those artists or any of their members who do not behave well. “For commercialisation of our product we need to be disciplined because discipline is the only thing that can entice people to partner with us,” he said. According to him, the way ward behaviour has been going on for a long time without being punished, and now they are going to make sure that they address that. Ntsie said there are many professionals that have affiliated to their union and even legendary artists so that they can guide them very well in different aspects. In this year’s BOMU awards new categories – Best Artist Living with a Disability, Best Corporate Person, Best Music Promoter and Best International Artist have been added to increase categories to 37.