MCSK calls for government support in revenue collection

MCSK officials awarding royalties to artists in a past event. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Music Copyright Society of Kenya have called upon the Government to support them in collecting revenue from music users in the public and business premises in the country.

Speaking to Baraka FM in Nairobi on Monday, Chief Executive Officer of MCSK Merit Simiyu, said whenever the public does not pay MCSK its rightful dues, it translates to loses, a factor which has to prompt the government to put measures that should govern and control the avenues used to collect revenues.

He stated that MCSK has not been paying musicians well as perceived by many, but this is due to challenges they have been facing in collecting revenue.

“It’s government obligation to create awareness to the public about music copyright society of Kenya and use musicians in rebuilding the economy of the country,” alluded Simiyu.

He further added that the musicians also need to understand their rights and laws that govern their industry as stipulated in the constitution and avert raising complains that do not hold any water even in courts.

Currently there are 15,000 registered local artist that are payed by the MCSK body.