By Ahmad Muto
Singer Irene Namubiru might just have dampened some people’s dreams after she revealed that unlike in the past, music no longer pays. Her reason is that those days artistes would sell their music in shops downtown which is no longer the case. “You cannot sell tapes or CDs so those young people looking to come to into the industry to make money will get depressed,” she says.
She adds that the advent of technology has even made it worse, with YouTube not paying much and most times artistes putting up their songs on platforms for free downloads so they don’t get the $1 or so.
Namubiru also says besides shows and few endorsement deals, the industry remains devoid of money.
She points out that even organisations that should help artistes get their royalties are not open on how they arrive at how much an artiste gets.
“With royalties you must know how much your songs play, on which stations, for how long, even when someone put it as background music you get paid. But how do we calculate that? So an artistes must know the song played on 100 stations at this time for this long so as to know how much they should earn,” she explains.
Namubiru says besides music, she has other businesses.