Kecobo Advises Artists On Working With Political Parties As Election Nears

The campaign season is officially here and the Kenya Copyright Board (Kecobo) wants local artists to tread carefully.

The board has advised artists on crucial steps to take when working with political parties during this campaign period.

Politicians have already started teaming up with artists and other creators in an effort to lure youths and Kecobo is warning artists of such partnerships given their past history.

“During this period aspirants for political office will be seeking to leverage the medium of music as an effective tool of political mobilizations,” said the board in a statement.

“As such, they have or will be commissioning campaign songs or engaging musicians to perform at their rallies. From previous experience, at the end of the campaign, many musicians remain frustrated and unpaid.”

The body said one of the reasons why artists end up paying dearly after working with politicians is because they rush into such agreements.

“Some musicians lose completely as they cannot sue since there is no evidence of a contractual relationship with their principals, most of whom retreat from the public after the campaigns,” he said.

Given how artists have been complaining in the past after such deals, Kecobo has given four key tips which artists need to follow to ensure they get a solid contract from political parties that will see them rewarded for their efforts.

a. That musician should negotiate the terms of their services preferably with lawyers in all cases to ensure that they enter written contracts with the politicians.

b. Insist on cash before delivery of commissioned songs or even payment of a sizeable deposit before the production of commissioned work.

c. Avoid the sharing of the commissioned recordings over social media platforms for any reason before payment is made; and

d. Ensure they receive full payment before any live performance.”

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