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Artistes, hoteliers in pact to collect music royalties

 Rufftone, KAHC CEO Mike Macharia and artiste Size 8
From left: Gospel musician Rufftone, KAHC CEO Mike Macharia and artiste Size 8. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Music royalties will now be collected by a single entity contracted by musicians and performing artistes under supervision by hotels and pub associations.
Kenya Association and Music Producers (Kamp), Music Publishers Association of Kenya (Mpake) and Performers Rights Society of Kenya (Prisk) said they had appointed representatives to the newly formed Collective Management Organisation (CMO) that will collect money from businesses across the country and issue licence for individual business on their online portal.

The three said they had partnered with hotel, pubs and entertainment spots operators to drive the cash collection campaign that will also target public service vehicles in the next one month.

Mpake director Roy Smith Mwita aka Rufftone hailed the initiative, saying it would boost musicians’ incomes.

“We shall target broadcasters, mobile phone operators and all other businesses that use music to attract customers to acquire licences. No one else has authority to collect money apart from our CMO where we are fully represented,” he said.


The event attended by gospel artists Linet Masiro Munyali aka’ Size 8 and Ben Githae among others heard that 4,000 establishments had since acquired licences for 2018 in the last six months during a pilot conducted by the CMO.

“The hotels and entertainment industry is committed to ensuring that the negotiated tariff works to the benefit of both parties,” said Kenya Association of Hotel keepers and Caterers chief executive Mike Macharia.

“The new tariff caters for economic inequalities in the county’s and is based on a percentage of between 20 per cent to 30 of the single business permit and liquor licence fees.”