MCSK goes after Boda boda operators and salons

Boda bodas,salons and gyms will from now henceforth...

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Boda boda operators will now have to part with Sh300 to play music on their bikes.

This is according to the latest review of copyright fees that also includes barber shops, gyms and night clubs. The move is aimed at boosting earnings for musicians.

Public transport operators, radio stations and aircrafts will have their music tariffs increased following Attorney General Githu Muigai’s approval.

Businesses such as public bus transport will pay Sh36, 550 per year from the previous Sh6,000.

All boda boda operators will be charged Sh300, Tuk Tuks (Sh900) whereas barber shops, gyms and salons will pay Sh6,250.

Radio stations’ new fees will be between Sh200,000 and Sh700,000 depending on their audience, which is a sharp increase from the previous Sh20,000 and Sh300,000.

The collection of tariffs is set to take effect from the date of publication (April 21) to December 31, 2018 as noted by Prof Muigai in the legal notice No.57.

The move serves as good news to the Music Publishers Association of Kenya (Mpake) who will now enjoy more revenue.

Mpake took over from the Music Copyright of Kenya (MCSK) in March after claims that the latter was paying musicians poorly.

The new rates have also targeted airlines who will pay Sh504 per seat, up from the current Sh234.

Those performing live concerts will pay up to Sh1.5 million annually for playing other artistes’ music, with night clubs paying a fee of Sh500,000.

A 50 per cent charge will be levied on all ring back tones generated by mobile phone firms; up from 37 per cent.

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