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KAMP granted full-year licence after forensic audit

On 4 May 2023, the Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP) received a full-year collective management licence from the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), giving the organisation the authority to collect and distribute royalties on behalf of music producers in Kenya.

KAMP had to meet certain conditions to obtain the licence, including successfully completing a forensic audit and distributing royalties for the previous period.

Faith Kithele, the chairperson of KAMP, expressed her excitement, saying that the licence is a game changer for KAMP and the entire music industry in Kenya.

She added that the licence would bring stability and certainty to their operations, allowing them to serve their members better and ensure they receive their rightful royalties.

With the licence, KAMP can now enter into licensing agreements with various music users such as radio and television stations, bars, and restaurants.

The licence also strengthens KAMP’s ability to fight piracy and protect the rights of music producers in Kenya.

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The Executive Director of KECOBO, Mr Edward Sigei, congratulated KAMP on its achievement and urged it to continue to operate within the law and maintain high standards in its operations. He commended KAMP for its commitment to transparency and accountability in the management of music producers’ royalties.

“KAMP has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and accountability in the management of music producers’ royalties. This full year licence is a testament to their hard work and dedication, and we encourage them to continue to uphold the same standards,” said Mr Sigei.

The full-year collective management licence for KAMP is not only a significant milestone for the organisation, but also a positive development for the entire music industry in Kenya.

It provides a stable environment for collecting and distributing royalties, which is critical to fostering creativity, innovation and growth in the music sector.

The Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK) has also been granted an operating licence.

The Music Society Copyright of Kenya (MCSK) is now the only Collective Management Organisation (CMO) yet to be licensed.

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