KAMPALA. Local artistes are set to earn more from their songs following the launch of a music application dubbed Sauteez.
Sauteez is a music application that will see local music sold in and outside Uganda.
While addressing the media at the Sauteez application launch on Monday, Mr Julius Kyazze, the business developer of the innovation, said the application will have local songs and is geared towards creating a living for artistes while remitting revenues to government.
“We believe Sauteez is a game changer for the entire music industry and the government at large. When a musician is paid, government is also paid revenue because 18 per cent of whatever is collected will go to Uganda Revenue Authority,” Mr Kyazze said.
After registration of users on www.sauteez.com, the platform grants free uploads for local music where a customer in Uganda will pay Shs1,000 per song while those in the diaspora will be charged $1 (Shs3,600) per song on an annual basis.
The application seeks to overcome the challenge of a profit-ridden industry where musicians invest a lot of money that culminates into peanut profits made from only music shows.
Mr Kyazze said Sauteez will enable payments to the right persons, putting musicians ahead of all others such as music promoters whose job is to pull publicity for a music show.
Musician Lydia Jazmine said the application will enable local artistes to earn more money from their songs.
She says artistes spend a lot of money to produce good music but they earn pear nuts at the end.