Government through the Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) has compensated promoters for the loss they incurred after their concerts were cancelled in March this year when a lockdown was effected.
Speaking to the press at UNCC, the Chairman Board of Trustees, Okello Kelo Sam said that promoters can use this money to revamp their businesses.
“We have so far distributed 1.2 billion shillings and paid over 200 cheques to promoters. There is more to come as we continue distributing money even to musicians who were hit hard,” he said.
The spokesperson National Cultural Forum (NCF) Emma Carlos revealed that promoters, who due to the Covid-19 lockdown had to cancel their concerts, were considered first.
“We have decided to consider promoters first, mostly the young promoters. Later, even the established promoters will be compensated and musicians as well,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Okello also revealed that theatres and concerts have been re-opened and will operate to a capacity of 200 people while observing the standard operating procedures.
“Concerts should take place but in a closed place like theatres with a minimum of 200 people. These concerts should take place during day time so that we can observe the curfew time,” he said.
He further noted that bars are still closed till further notice and no concert is expected to take place in a bar.
“The Ministry of Health availed us with the guidelines that we need to follow as we operate to ensure that we don’t spread the virus,” Okello added.
In an exclusive interview with the ‘Embuzzi Zakutudde’ singer Gravity Omutujju, he said that the compensation money being given to promoters is not enough.
“What government should do is open bars and concerts at full capacity and let them work freely,” he said.
Gravity added that the compensation program has turned promoters into beggars.
“As a musician, I am used to being with my own money in the pocket, but anyway one has to be grateful for the little money they are giving,” he said.