What new Skiza contract by Safaricom means for artist


Safaricom, in due course intends to introduce a template contract for artists that will see their SKIZA earnings rise by 6 per cent.

This was an announcement made by the firm’s corporate affairs director Stephen Chege early last month during an artist empowerment forum at the Carnivore Grounds.

Currently, the artists earn 30 per cent introduced in June 2017, up from the current 22per cent they used to earn per song.

What does the template contract mean?

First and foremost, it will be offered to them free of charge to ensure they get a fair share of money due to them from the SKIZA platform and that the money is paid on time.

Secondly, the amount will be paid through their respective Content Service Providers who will then pay the musicians in accordance with the contracts they have signed and in line with recent legal directives.

Third, artistes on the Skiza platform will be able to keep track of their income on the platform by dialing *622# or by visiting the Skiza website.

Fourth, updates on their earnings will be available on a real-time basis and will enable artistes to view their own earnings, a shift from the previous situation which saw only CSPs access the portal.

Finally, the telco plans to unveil a music app that enables musicians to upload and sell their songs. This is due before the year ends.


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