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What type of performers does PRISK represent?

PRISK represents musicians and actors. This can be further classified as follows:

Musicians: Vocalists (in main role and featured role), Track producers, Background Vocalists and Instrumentalists.

Actors: Performers in recorded films and series in main, featuring and supporting roles.

What do I stand to benefit from becoming a member of PRISK?

Some of the benefits that performers stand to enjoy by registering as members of PRISK include:

  • Receiving royalty payments when their works are played on radio, TV and other public places in Kenya.
  • Access to medical insurance scheme to cater for impatient medical expenses.
  • Access to the Social and Cultural Fund (This is subject to the rules and procedures laid out for the Fund)
  • No deduction of 50% of administration fee for royalty collection.
  • Receiving royalty payments on international plays of their works from other Collective Management Organizations once PRISK enters into reciprocal agreements.
  • Attending training seminars that PRISK organizes form time to time in corporation with various stakeholders in the entertainment industry to sensitize performers on various issues that affect them.
  • Upcoming performers get a chance to interact with already established performers during meetings organized by PRISK, thereby getting advice on how to grow their careers.
  • Priority access to opportunities presented to musicians and actors as and when they arise.
  • Through PRISK performers have a unified voice to let their concerns and matters that affect them known to other institutions.
What are the Rights held by PRISK on behalf of its members?

PRISK administers performance rights in sound recordings and audio/visual works in the following avenues:

  • Broadcasting – licensing of broadcasting stations for the use of performance in a sound recording or audio-visual work
  • Communication to the Public – business establishments that publicly play sound recordings and audio-visual works e .g Public Service Vehicles (PSV), Hotels, Restaurants, clubs, Bars, Supermarkets, Banks, Cinema Halls, Shopping Malls, Music Stores, Events, Cyber Cafes, Salons, Gymnasiums etc.
  • New Media Services – online exploitation through digital downloads by streaming or as a mobile phone ring tone, video-on-demand and catch-up television.
  • Cable Retransmission – Cable operators can pick up a terrestrial television signal and retransmit over a cable network. In return for the transmission, cable operators should pay into a collective pot that is divided amongst the relevant rights-holders as payment for the use of their works.
  • Synchronisation – when work is synchronised to visual images, video or film.
  • Blank media levies – blank media is a levy on blank recording equipment or devices that is paid to rights-holders as a compensation for legalised private copying.
  • Rental – for audio-visual performers rental remuneration should be paid by video/DVD outlets or distributors for the use of performers’ works in the rental market.
Can a performer collect his/her royalty payments from PRISK without being a member?
PRISK represents every single performer of sound recordings and audio-visual works protected in the Republic of Kenya, whether they are members or not. However, it is important to note that in order to make the royalty payments, the society requires the personal details of the performers and their recording (s) for purposes of monitoring. If a performer wants to claim their royalty payments but does not want to be a member, an admission cost of 50% of the royalty amount will be charged. This cost id directed to the Society’s Social and Cultural Fund for the benefits of its members.
What is difference between MCSK, KAMP and PRISK?
All three are Collective Management Organizations, but they separately administer three different classes of rights. MCSK administers the copyright for authors, composers,, arrangers and music publishers of musical works. KAMP administers the related rights of producers of sound recordings while PRISK administers the related rights or performers of sound recording and audio-visual works. Even though KAMP and PRISK work together in issuing a joint license to users of sound recordings and audio-visual works, their constitutions, membership and guardianship of rights and responsibilities are different.
What is the Social and Cultural Fund?
This is a Fund set aside for the benefit of PRISK members. The Fund basically assists members in social and cultural issues e. g when a member is hospitalized in ICU or HDU cases, the Society contributes some amounts towards the hospital bill or when a member dies, some amount is contributed towards his/her funeral arrangements etc. The Fund is grown from different contributions including 10% of distributable amounts and unclaimed royalties.
Does PRISK backtrack royalty payments to the time before a performer becomes a member?
Yes. According to PRISK’s distribution rules, a performer will get their royalty payments for up to three (3) years back before they became members. This rule is subject to the first distribution date. PRISK made its royalty distribution in 2014 therefore no distribution payments can be made prior to this year. After 3 years, unclaimed royalty amounts are directed to the Social and Cultural Fund.