Ugandan media owners agreed to pay for local music that will be played on their radio and TV stations.
This was agreed upon after the management of UgaTunes, a new local music distribution company met with the leaders of the broadcasters under their umbrella organization, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and other industry stakeholders.
They included Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), Uganda Performers’ Rights Society (UPRS), and Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) among others.
According to a statement from UgaTunes that was posted on their official Facebook page and other social media platforms, the meeting yielded positive results as media owners agreed to pay for locally made content instead of using it for free as it has been.
Kin Karisa, the Chief Executive Officer of Next Media Services and also the Chairman of National Association of Broadcasters said that the decision to accept the system of paying for content was done in the spirit of supporting Uganda’s creative industry that has been affected much by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
“In my capacity as Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters led our Executive to a meeting with Gen. Salim Saleh, the Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation, on what has been such a productive engagement. We were joined by key stakeholders such as UPRS (Uganda Performers’ Rights Society), URSB (Uganda Registration Services Bureau), UNCC (Uganda National Cultural Center), UCF (Uganda Cultural Forum), and UCC (Uganda Communications Commision)” Reads Kin’s Tweet in part
Kin also made clear that 1st July is the agreed day when paying for artistes’ royalties will resume.
“July 1st has been agreed to be the day that royalties to artistes will resume being paid by all our NAB members for the content that we broadcast across all our platforms, subject to a timely alignment being done at UPRS in accordance with its legal mandate” Kin added
This is good news for musicians who have been dissatisfied with the operations of the Uganda Performing Rights Society, which they accused of emblezzing of funds meant for them
Embezzling of artistes funds was the reason why the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) suspended URPS chief executive officer James Wasula and the compliance officer Dickson Matovu.
Recently, the government of Uganda invested over Ug Shs. 1 billion in the Uga Tunes business, a new platform to support local musicians.
The company will buy local music from artistes and producers and they will be responsible for selling and promoting the content locally and internationally.