It’s a Wrap For MCSK After New Music Copyright Body Approved To Collect Artists’ Royalties


It is a new dawn in the Kenyan music industry after the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) stripped the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) of the mandate of collection and distribution of artist’s royalties, and instead approved the Music Publishers Association of Kenya (MPAKE).

In it’s declination of MCSK’s license renewal application, the Kenya Copyright Board among many reasons for the declination stated that MCSK did not deliver on its core mandate of collecting and distribution of royalties on behalf of its members.
MPAKE was approved after KECOBO reviewed it’s application alongside another applicant, National Music Copyright Society of Kenya Limited (NAMCOS).
MPAKE boasts of the membership of top musicians such as Amileena, Calvin, Njeri Njesh as as well as music publishers Mike Strano affiliated with Phat Music and Publishing and, Pacho Studio co-owner Bernard Kioko.
The new organization promises to protect, promote and advance the interests of all music rights holders within their jurisdiction to the government, the music industry, the media and the public at large.

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