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Uganda Musicians Association successfully erects a new UPRS structure



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By BigEyeUg Team

It’s another milestone to celebrate by the Uganda Musicians Association after it established an effective Uganda Performing Right Society (UPRS).

The new UPRS formulated earlier this week in a status report meeting spearheaded by UMA President, Ykee Benda and other crucial stakeholders in the music industry.

In the same meeting, UMA, UPRS caretakers and representatives from the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) also prepared for the upcoming AGM.

We held a status report meeting with the caretakers of UPRS and our regulator URSB to prepare for the upcoming AGM. We are excited to have a new effective UPRS structure,” stated UMA on its social media.

For months now, UMA has been working and monitoring the restructuring of UPRS via an interim after the former board headed James Wasula was halted by URSB due to its unclear performances.

According to UMA, the role of a collective society in a functioning music industry is very vital and its mandate as the musicians’ association to ensure that a fully functioning collecting society is in place.

UMA has closely supervised the interim UPRS administration under URSB and is proud of the progress.

In the recent weeks, it managed to witness the new digital system put in place in conjunction with NITA to be used by UPRS.

This and more are some of the things they have pushed for to have in place for a long time.

The association is also in the stage of verifying the register in place and updating it to accommodates legitimate members so that it can have a fair and legitimate way of paying royalties to content creators.

UMA is private entity established in 2019 to protect and preserve Ugandan music while promoting unity among musicians.

Its under leadership of singer Ykee Benda as the President and Cindy Sanyu the vice.

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