Artists welcome NASCAM royalty distribution
■ By Martha Nangombe
THE Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music (Nascam) has announced the commencement of royalty distribution from January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022, beginning on January 19.
This announcement follows recent criticism and backlash over purported delays in disbursing royalties to musicians.
The institution has taken a step toward resolving these concerns by specifying a start date for royalty distribution.
Nascam revealed that N$ 2 million was collected and that 10 per cent of the declared royalties will be allocated for the social protection of members as part of the organisation’s commitment to supporting the welfare and well-being of musicians. The move leaves a total amount to be distributed for these royalties at N$ 1.
According to the agreement with the rights holders, broadcasters, and sister organisations, the distribution will include public performance and neighbouring rights royalties.
Nascam’s choice to publicise the distribution amount exhibits transparency, meeting artists’ concerns about the need for timely and fair compensation for their creative labour. The music community widely anticipates the commencement date of January 19 as musicians await the much-needed financial help from their accumulated royalties.
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