The board of Kenya Association of Music producers (KAMP), in line with its distribution rules, has declared a distribution of royalties of Kshs 5.6 million collected from licensing performances in public places.
KAMP is a collective management organisation licensed by the Kenya Copyright Board to represent the owners of sound recordings and music producers.
TOP: Antony Karani, the chairman of KAMP).
“In these extreme and challenging times, I would like to share our heartfelt support and solidarity with everyone infected and affected by Covid-19. As KAMP, our members are our top most priority. The entertainment industry is the most affected as the businesses that we license such as pubs, restaurants, events have closed down. Our members rely on public performances, concerts, events and club appearances to earn a living have had to cancel their events due to this pandemic,” said Antony Karani, the KAMP chairman.
“We are committed to our members and that is why as a Board we decided to pay out royalties to give reprieve to our members who have been greatly affected by COVID-19.”
The KAMP board agreed to have scientific royalty distribution and also pay on investment, meaning that the amount of royalties received is based on pay-for-play and on the number of songs a producer has in the organisation’s database. Some of the top earners are Tamasha Corporation, Jojo Productions, Kassanga Music Centre, Copy bird, Torome Productions, Peace Mulu, Daniel Karanja.
KAMP has a total of 1,102 members to which it channels royalties.
Like other industries and sectors of the economy, the Entertainment industry is currently facing uncertain times and KAMP has also requested the National Emergency Response Committee to have a kitty for musicians that can cushion its members currently languishing at home.
“We are uncertain how long this period is going to last and the royalties we have distributed are a drop in the ocean. The funds can be channelled through CMOs which can be distributed to registered members in association with the Kenya Copyright Board,” stated Karani.
“As KAMP we are following the national government directives and we will be working with our members and users though our digital platforms. The Board wishes to our members to please take the necessary precautions to ensure that their health and safety and that of their loved ones are observed.”
Established in 2003, KAMP operates as a Collective Management Organization (CMO) with bulk of its revenue being distributed to the membership and affiliated copyright holders. It represents the rights and interests of producers of sound recordings.