Training workshop for UPRS Licensing Agents by IFPI and SAMPRA

UPRS-TUMUDA PATNERSHIP PRESS RELEASE

What is the role of UPRS as a Music CMO (Collective Management Organization)?
Two days Training workshop for UPRS Licensing Agents by IFPI and SAMPRA at Esella Country Hotel Kira, April 6th to 7th 2022.
1. We monitor when, where and what members’ works are used.
2. We negotiate tariffs and other music usage conditions with users on behalf of our members (local and international members).
3. We license the usage of protected works on behalf of both local and foreign Members (through Reciprocal Representation Agreements).
3. We collect the fees from users and distribute these to the rights holders (Both Local and International) whose works have been used.
 

Uganda Performing Right Society is a society that was formed in 1985 by authors (mainly musicians) to advance the cause of copyright administration in Uganda. It is registered with the Registrar of Companies as a Company Limited by Guarantee having no share Capital, in other words it belongs to all of its members. UPRS is recognized by the Government as a Collecting Society and it is a Member of the Confederation of International Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC).

UPRS acknowledges challenges in sensitizing our members and users. This is on account long standing institution capacity challenges. As a result, our operations have been mostly in the central region.  

In a bid to spread our services and serve our members better, UPRS has engaged various international and local stakeholder partners with a view to improve our revenue mobilization strategy.  UPRS has therefore, adopted an agency licensing and collection model in which we shall partner with third party agents to collect for and on behalf of our members.

UPRS has responded to repeated calls to serve music distributors who sell content on portable devices.  WE have been requested to accommodate them within our licensing framework.

UPRS has found that TUMUDA can address this crucial gap in the music licensing framework for which UPRS is mandated. TUMUDA is an entity which is well known among the music creators and publishers’ community. They have a national footprint having been behind the original music distribution chain in Uganda. They are also music publishers, promoters of artists and investors in the industry.

TUMUDA is the first of many third-party music agents that UPRS will partner with around the country. 

 We ask you all to give them necessary cooperation in this endeavor.

 Antony Mwandha

Ag. Chief Executive Officer