Frequently Asked Questions:

Question:     What is UPRS main role?
Answer:    UPRS main role is to collect royalties through licensing agreements with music users. These licenses cover all kinds of music use, whether it’s for digital, broadcast or public performance. Royalties are then paid to our members when their music work is performed, broadcasted, streamed, downloaded, reproduced, played in public or used in film and TV.

Question:    Who gets UPRS royalties?
Answer:     A registered Member of UPRS whose musical works has been used in public places using music for business purposes. (That is, When your music receive airplays).

Question:     What are those public places using music?
Answer:    Gyms, Bars, Gardens, Pubs, Beaches, Clubs, Discotheques, Hotels, Restaurants, Juke Boxes, Live Music Performances, Radios, Televisions and similar places.

Question:     How does UPRS split royalties between Songwriters (Authors/Lyricist and Composers) and Publishers?
Answer:    One half is designated for the songwriter(s), and the other half is designated for the publisher(s) or copyright holder(s). If you do not have a publisher, you will also receive the publisher’s share as a writer. (NOTE: In case of an Agreement made, then we follow that agreement)

Question:     When are royalties paid?
Answer:    Members receive royalties every year through three main payouts:
a)    General royalties distribution (Performances in public places like, Bars, Gardens, Pubs, Beaches, Clubs, Discotheques, Hotels, Restaurants, and Juke Boxes among others),
b)    Radios and Televisions royalty distribution,
c)    And lastly Foreign, Online and Sound recording royalties’ distribution

Question:     What is the starting amount of royalties given to members?
Answer:    The starting amount is 200,000 UGX

Question:     My co-writer (“Collabo”) is a non-member, what happens to his royalties?
Answer:    UPRS cannot distribute royalties to non-members. In these cases, we keep these royalties until that non-member is registered for membership.

Question:     How do I get my royalties paid?
Answer:    Currently when your royalties are ready, UPRS inform you to pick them physically from the office as you have to sign for them.

Question:     How UPRS calculate royalties for music played in public places?
Answer:    STEP 1: UPRS music researchers collect performance details directly from a statistically valid sample of Ugandan venues (Music users in public places/businesses).
STEP 2: We match these samples against similar broadcast data (Radios and Televisions log sheets) that contains many of the same songs. It’s this broadcast data that we can then use to calculate how much we pay our members.
In addition to our general sample group, UPRS use different sample sets for music used for: Gyms, Bars, Gardens, Pubs, Beaches, Clubs, Discotheques, Hotels, Restaurants, Juke Boxes, Live Music Performances and similar places.
STEP 3: Lastly this processed data is fed into WIPOCOS Database Management System that automatically and scientifically calculates royalties to produce the final statements to Members.

Question:     Explain the allocation splits between musical works and sound recordings
Answer:    Musical Works              60% of Net Distributable Revenue
Sound Recordings             40% of Net Distributable Revenue
Question:     What are the interested parties in Musical works and sound recordings and their shares?
Answer:    Interested parties in a musical work:
Songwriters
Author/Lyricist      25% of 60%
Composer – Music    25% of 60%
Publisher    50% of 60%
Interested parties in a sound recording:
Performer                         50% of 40%
Producer and Label/Record Company        50% of 40%
Question:     What are the splits between the interested parties in a song (Musical works and sound recordings) where there are no contracts?
Answer:        Digital Exploitations    Musical Works

Downloading      70% Mechanical Right
30% Performing Right
Streaming            70%   Performing Right
30% Mechanical Right
Digital Exploitations    Sound Recordings (Exceptional)
Subject to contractual specific mandate (where applicable & licensed to collect & distribute)
As stated in the agreement between the performer (artiste) and the producer (label/record company)

Question:     How UPRS calculate royalties for music played on Radio Stations, TV Stations and Online sites like, YouTube, Amazon, Spotify, and SoundCloud and similar places?
Answer:     We use Cue sheets or Log sheets provided by Radio Stations, TV Stations and Online sites like, YouTube, Amazon, Spotify, SoundCloud and similar places.
Television channels’ Royalties:
To track what’s played and when, we use two methods:
– Pay-per-play (we use detailed data in log sheets received)
– Representative samples as explained earlier
For both, the value of each airplay is dependent on the annual license fees received from each station, the amount of music being played on each channel for the year and the length of time your work is used for.
Radio stations royalties:
NOTE: We pay royalties for our members’ works that are played on all radio stations that pays for UPRS music license.
To track what’s played and when, we use several methods:
– Pay-per-play (we use detailed data in log sheets provided)
– Representative samples as explained above
– Research and analogy
NOTE: For some stations, we track the music that’s played on sample days. We pick a random set of sample days for the broadcaster to report and then base our distribution on the music reported in that given sample.

FOR MORE INQUIRES PLEASE BELOW ARE OUR CONTACTS:

P.O.Box 14183 Kampala

Plot 35, House 5A Bukoto Drive Kampala

Tel: +256 414 254 170

Tel: +256 414 669 908

Mob: +256 771 952 357

Mob: +256 751 067 197

E-mail: info@uprs.ug