Artists want MCSK reinstated to collect royalties

Written By: Abdulrazak Ingutia
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Musicians and stakeholders in the music industry want the Kenya Copyright Board to reinstate the Music Copyright Society of Kenya as the sole collector of royalties from artists.

At a stakeholders’ forum organized by Kenya Copyright Board in Nairobi, the musicians affirmed that the Music Copyright Society of Kenya is the only collective management organization with the capacity to cater for their interests.

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Several collective management organizations including Music Copyright Society of Kenya, Music Publishers Association of Kenya, Kenya Association of Music Producers, National Music Copyright Society, Collective Management Services and Performers Rights Society of Kenya submitted applications for license to collect music royalties.

The Music Copyright Society of Kenya’s Nairobi Regional Manager Peter Iyenze said with over 13,900 members, the organization had established the right systems to collect and distribute royalties.

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Kenya Copyright Board had in 2016 declined to renew MCSK’s license citing failure to submit a list of its members and audited financial statements, accusations that MCSK denied.

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Some artists claim the Music Publishers Association of Kenya has not remitted their royalties since it was licensed.

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The Kenya Copyright Board is expected to meet next week to vet royalty collection applicants and award licenses to organizations that meet the requirements.

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