MRSB plans to become a licensing body for Sarawak’s ethnic music industry


File photo shows Sarawak professional undermining player Jerry Kamit at an event in Sibu. If its application was approved, the MRSB would become a licensing body that would focus on collecting local ethnic songs in Sarawak.

KUCHING (July 10): Local artists involved in the ethnic music industry are invited to become members of Music Right Sarawak Bhd (MRSB).

According to Persatuan Armada President Anak Seni Sarawak (Aras), Gibson Rentap, the MRSB had applied to become a licensing body with Music Authors Copyright Protection (MACP), Public Performance Malaysia (PPM) Bhd and Recording Performers of Malaysia (RPM) in December of last year.

He said that after being accredited as a valid licensing body in the ethnic music industry in Sarawak, members should be able to earn more from their works through annual royalty payments.

“The scope of the royalty collection is only for local Sarawakan ethnic songs such as those of the Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, Kayan, Kenyah, Lunbawang and Salako languages.

“If the application is approved, the MRSB would become a licensing body that focuses on collecting local ethnic songs in Sarawak,” Gibson said in a joint statement with MRSB chief executive Juliet Tan yesterday.

He said Aras established the MRSB on September 28 last year, as a separate entity intended to focus on collecting music royalties and licensing the use of music in venues. public, especially in Sarawak.

He said Aras welcomed the decision of the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) to support the establishment of a licensing body responsible for collecting music royalties in Sarawak and Sabah.

“KPDNHEP Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi personally expressed his support for the creation of such licensing bodies in Sarawak and Sabah during a recent webinar hosted by the Wisdom Foundation Sabah,” he said. -he adds.

The webinar, Gibson said, also involved representatives from Music Rights Sabah (MRS) and the president of Intellectual Property Company of Malaysia (MyIPO), Datuk Mohamad Alamin.

According to Gibson, KPDNHEP and MyIPO had “essentially given the green light to the creation of such licensing bodies in Sarawak and Sabah”.

“Some questions relating to the collection of royalties, which may involve existing laws and the constitution of the licensing body must first be resolved so that the creation of the new licensing bodies is no problem next time,” he said. he pointed out.

For more information, visit the ‘Persatuan Armada Anak Seni Sarawak’ and ‘Music Right Sarawak Berhad’ Facebook pages.

Inquiries can also be submitted to Lewelyn Lawas Julin, via 014-617 5018 during normal business hours.

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