Kenya Copyright Board distributes Sh80m royalties as artists lament
SEE ALSO :Will 2020 be the end of musicians' woes?Apparently, in its payout, MCSK paid every artist Sh2530, a flat rate despite how famous or the intensity of the airplay of their music which angered a majority. Kecobo in a statement said the monies paid out are royalties between April and June. This amounts to Sh118 million collected jointly by three Collective Management Organisation (CMO) licensed by Kecobo among them MCSK. The other two are Perfomance Rights Society of Kenya (Prisk) and Kenya Association of Music Producers (Kamp). Kecobo regulations demand that a CMO has to disburse at least 70 per cent of the royalties collected. Of the Sh118 million, only Sh80 million which is 68 per cent was disbursed to the artists who are members of the CMOs. "This represents a shortfall of two per cent from the 70 per cent level set by Kecobo Board of directors as precondition for licensing for three societies," said Kecobo Executive Director Edward Segei. Segei said amounts collected in the first quarter of this year are being reconciled before disbursement as the three CMOs collected separately. An angry Timmy T Dat, who also received the same amount of Sh2,530 vowed that no vendor should ever be arrested by MCSK officials for playing his music without a license. He said there is no need for MCSK to insist on licenses yet the monies do not reach the intended artists.
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