NEW BILL TOUCHING ON MUSIC TO BE DISCUSSED THIS THURSDAY 09 June 2016 BY INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS
The New Music Bill that could determine the future of Kenyan Music as we know it is set to be discussed this Thursday at Louis Leaky Auditorium Kenya MUSEUM.The Bill seeks to incorporate the recently adopted music policy which touches on several different issues that have been affecting Kenyan artists for decades including a proposal that it becomes law for Kenyan Stations to play 60% only Kenyan content.
The main aim of the meeting is to ensure that there is sufficient public participation as required by law which later have the Bill taken to parliament then later to the president for final approval. This gives artists and all industry stakeholders an opportunity to make proposals for change or addition of clauses that will ensure all operations run fairly and smoothly.
Artists have in the past made several protests on the manner in which most activities are run in the CMO’S,PRSPS and KECOBO these being recognized institutions that have totally failed to uphold copyright related rights they are set to protect.The most recent feud has to do with the manner in which SKIZA monies were divided and distributed among CMO’s by Safaricom,amouts that are yet to be distributed to artists.
Late last year Singing Trio Elani came out on how unfairly they had been treated by MCSK after they were given conflicting data on two different accounts casting doubt on the data and sincerity of the officials of MCSK.The issues affecting KENYAN music and artists are countless but its upto the artists to unite on issues relating to changing the laws and structures and this meeting is a chance.