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Kenya Kwanza Creative Economy Pledges. Understanding President Ruto’s Plan

Kenya Kwanza Creative Economy Pledges. Understanding President Ruto’s Plan By George Robert Asewe Dj Probert Founder & CEO According to the Kenya Kwanza Manifesto, President Dr. William Samoei Ruto and his economic team identified 5 key sectors that the Kenya government will focus on between 2022 & 2027 as they roll out programs that will …

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Relationship Between Collective Management Organisations & Users of Music

In this ninth installment of 13 Reasons Why Kenyan Music Creators Need a New CMO Legal Framework we discuss yet another important subject in music. We delve into the Role of Music Users and Explain why CMOs should have a clear communication strategy in regard to licences they offer so that music users have accurate …

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Governance of Collective Management Organisations

GENERAL MEETING The general meeting of a CMO should be held regularly and should be properly regulated. Most of the recommendations included in this section are standard clauses found in laws regulating the governance of companies or civil associations in Kenya and around the world. The rules on the operation and running of the general …

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Experiencing German Technical Cooperation in the Kenya Gig Economy Project.

Experiencing German Technical Cooperation in the Kenya Gig Economy Project. 2021 was a difficult year for many Kenyans. Covid shattered businesses & jobs. The Gig economy was sent home packing. No performances. No gatherings. Most of us had not heavily invested in digital infrastructure the way we are doing in 2022. For me, it was …

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The Kenya Cultural Center. Role of Collective Rights Management in Theater

The Kenya Cultural Center. Role of collective rights management IN theater Acknowledgements to @CultureCentreKE @CISACNews @IFPI_org @AngelaNdambuki @kampkenya @JaphethKassanga @luodollar @leumasabetum @ABBA @YvonneChakaX2 @OfficialAliKiba @KerMogallo @EUinKenya Some things are guaranteed in life but turning 70 isn’t one of them.  I think anyone who turns 70 years old has God’s favor and grace in their life. …

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PLAYWRIGHT CALL FOR COMMISSIONED PRODUCTION BY THE KNCC

PLAYWRIGHT CALL FOR COMMISSIONED PRODUCTION BY THE KENYA NATIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE If you are an emerging playwright or have established yourself in the theater game this piece is for you. You have In this first installment of unpacking The Kenya National & Cultural Center we would like to amplify an opportunity which I think is …

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Relationship Between Collective Management Organisations

Relationship Between Collective Management Organisations In this eighth part of our 13 part series, we discuss the relationship between Collective Management Organisations in Kenya. We discuss how CMOs cooperate across borders and why Kenya needs a CMO legal framework that will enable foreign CMOs to enter representation agreements with Kenyan CMOs. CMOs cooperate across borders …

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CMO FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION, DISTRIBUTION OF REVENUE & DEDUCTIONS

In part 6 of the 13 Reasons Why Kenyan Music Creators Need a New CMO Legal framework we discuss a very important and controversial subject in Kenyan Music- Money. We explore why it is important for Kenya to put in place a financial management system for CMOs. This is informed by the unsatisfactory financial performance …

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Membership of Collective Management Organisations

INFORMATION, ADHERENCE & WITHDRAWAL In this third article of 13 reasons why Kenyan Music Creators need a new CMO legal framework, we discuss the importance of legislation and regulations governing the membership of collective management organisations. For several years, Kenyan CMOs have fallen out with their members who feel the CMOs are non responsive and …

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Why Kenya needs a digital cmo for MUSIC authors, publishers, producers

WHY KENYA NEEDS A DIGITAL CMO FOR MUSIC AUTHORS, PUBLISHERS, PRODUCERS & PERFORMERS #ReformMusicBusinessinKenya Are you someone who applies their creative talent to the creation of musical works, writing the music, and sometimes also the lyrics, usually in a popular music style (e.g., Kapuka, Genegtone, Gospel, Rap, Trap, Benga, Rhumba, Amapiano, rock, country, hip hop, …

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LET US SUPPORT SAUTI SOL’S COPYRIGHT & POLITICAL RIGHTS

LET US SUPPORT SAUTI SOL’S COPYRIGHT & POLITICAL RIGHTS Dear Kenyans, Letter of Support for Sauti Sol’s  Copyright & Political Rights of Freedom of Association. On 16th May 2022, it came to the attention of Sauti Sol that Raila Amollo Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja presidential campaign on social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram …

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WHY KENYAS CREATIVE ECONOMY NEEDS A NEW COLLECTIVE MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION LAW

Music rights holders such as musicians, song writers, publishers, producers, record labels, lyricists, composers, and performers rely on collective management to earn income whenever their music is performed in public. In Kenya this system has persistently failed resulting in a continuous blame game approach between music owners, users & the copyright regulator Kenya Copyright Board. In August 2021 KeCoBo deregistered MCSK, KAMP & PRISK. This is not the first time. It has become the norm every year.

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