On Tuesday, a document containing several regulations being proposed in regard to public entertainment for public entertainers, events organizers and promoters was released.

The document, released by the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, was received with mixed reactions by the public and a few artistes who are still making sense of what implications these yet to be passed regulations will have on their music and brands.

We look at some of the regulations being proposed and their implications;

Are these regulations realistic?

Well, not exactly. If we are to go by what is on ground in the entertainment business in Uganda, the new regulations are far away from being practical especially going by the fact that the arts industry is widely populated with new talents arising everyday.

Also, it adds so many expenses in terms of what it takes to record, produce, and promote a song. Music is bound to become expensive and several talents are expected to pullout of the business because it won’t be as affordable as it has always been.

The creativity of most artistes has been centered around strong language and the fans seem to be okay with it. That too is bound to change if these regulations are put in consideration.

Collaborations between local artistes and international artistes are to reduce in quantity because of the long pre-production processes that are being proposed.

The widely said opinion on the streets is that the regulations are targeting a particular group or individual in the entertainment business. This makes the laws of a biased type and we can expect demonstrations against it.

On the other hand however, these regulations will honestly improve on the quality of music being produced because artistes will now concentrate on producing quality lyrics, audio, and videos in order to be certified.

We are also bound to see an improvement in the quality of production and service delivery at events since hygiene and security are being emphasized this time round.

The issue of drug abuse is also tackled in the regulations and it has been one of the major weaknesses for most artistes. It is one particular regulation we can gladly embrace.

There are several other implications, some of which we are to discuss as time goes on.

What do you think of the regulations?

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Josh Ruby is an Editor with high interest and knowledge in the Ugandan entertainment space, an industry he has been actively part of since 2010. Leads to breaking stories are welcome!

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