Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) is set to commence its distribution for Quarter One of 2024, and we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has supported our efforts to transform the music industry in Kenya. Over the past year, we’ve received significant backing from His Excellency the President William Samoei Ruto. In MCSK’s 40-year history, officials have, for the first time, engaged in events at State House Kenya, participated in key meetings, and taken photos with the President—all thanks to the dedicated and sharp CS Ababu Namwamba, Ministry of Youth Affairs, Creative Economy and Sports. CS Ababu has played a pivotal role in streamlining CMO operations, gazetting new consolidated music tariffs, and implementing the Blank Tape Levy. He stands out as the best-performing CS in Kenya, driving the turnaround in the music industry. His PS Maalim Ismail is a man of integrity and a true professional.
We embark on the year with an operating license, thanks to the support of the Parliamentary Committee on Sports, Culture, and Heritage chaired by Hon Dan Wanyama, along with a newfound working relationship with the Kenya Copyright Board, led by Chairman Hon. Hon Joshua Kutuny and Executive Director Edward Sigei. The recent Executive Order, transferring Arts and Culture functions to Hon. Hon. Aisha Jumwa Katana‘s Ministry, coupled with her goodwill and support, signals a promising year.
The new KECOBO Chairman, Hon. Joshua Kutuny, has demonstrated a clear vision of fostering close collaboration between the Board and CMOs. In his first week, he issued Provisional Licences to CMOs and held numerous meetings to enhance the ecosystem. We extend our sincere appreciation to him.
For far too long, this sector was dominated by cartels, profiting millions while musicians lived in poverty. CMOs were unfairly portrayed as villains, and engaging with ministers or the President was unheard of. However, times have changed. We now have a seat at the table, negotiating for musicians from the highest office in the land. The promised journey to make musicians billionaires has begun earnestly, and the future looks bright. We give all glory to God as we unite to make music a respectable and profitable business.