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Kamp pays out Sh17million in royalties for first quarter of the year

The Kenya Association of Music Producers (Kamp), the body representing the rights and interests of producers of sound recordings, this week distributed Sh17,126,454.89 for the quarter of 2024 following approval by delegates during a special general meeting in Nairobi.

The royalties will take a hybrid form consisting of a blend of general and scientific distribution where the bulk Sh9.075 million will be general to all members and Sh8.05 million as scientific.

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Speaking during the special general meeting Kamp chairperson Angela Ndambuki said the amounts distributed represent 61.59 per cent of the CMO’s income before receivables while in consideration of receivables the figure would shoot to 74.61 per cent against income for the period.

“We are declaring Sh17,128,000 as our quarter distribution and all to be paid at once at a click of a button. The distribution we are declaring is from collections in quarter 1 of Sh27,809,675.77 – which is 21.12 per cent of our share from Sh31, 674,601.20 collected by Kamp, the Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK) and the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK ) from January to March 2024,” Ms Ndambuki said.

“This is reflective of a cumulative performance of 61 per cent for the quarter which is 61 per cent distribution and 39 per cent expenses,” she added.

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While acknowledging that this may be KAMP’s last general meeting as an entity, Ms Ndambuki said the board supported the collapse of the various CMOs as a way to reduce costs so that more royalties are distributed to members.

In the meantime, Kamp said it has applied for an extension of its collection license which is valid until May 2024.

The next major distribution per Kamp’s calendar is slated for October 2024 and this is for broadcast royalties which will be distributed 100 per cent scientifically.