Safaricom has now released Kshs 152 Million to the three CMOs (MCSK, KAMP and PRISK) and Premium Rate Service Providers (PRSPs) for music played via the service which had accumulated from July 2015. The three will receive and distribute to different right holders of musical works.
The platform has 5,000 registered artistes who have registered 11,000 songs on the platform.
These followed an agreement between Safaricom and the three CMOs namely; Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK.), Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK) and Kenya Association of Music Producers (Kamp).
With the new deal, Safaricom would pay the royalties monthly unlike previously when they paid every three months. The royalties were also to be paid directly to the three bodies unlike previously where Safaricom signed content provision agreements with companies licensed by MCSK.