How Much Does It Cost To Produce A Song In Uganda

How Much Does It Cost To Produce A Song In Uganda

The costs of song production in Kampala vary depending on the type of production, the producer and sometimes the artiste. Producer Pyret notes that sometimes a studio can work for any amount if the artiste is extra talented.

This is partly because the studios can use that artiste’s musical productions as a marketing bait.

It is also logical, Pyret adds, that most artistes will always run to that studio that has a proper production  team at a particular time.

“Musicians are always moved by trends and good works, any successful production can result in more projects,” he asserts.

His productions range between Shs450,000 and Shs1.8m, depending on the artiste’s demands. For example, specific music genres such as Neo-soul and RnB will sometimes require live instruments such as guitars, drums, and traditional instruments. That requires hiring instrumentalists, meaning the musician will have to pay a little higher.

Most instrumentalists, Pyrets says, are paid between Shs150,000 and Shs250,000 per recording session, meaning the more the sessions, the more the money.

While ideally a studio’s budget caters for mastering and arranging costs, most studios will always require a musician to pay extra for mastering and arranging, both crucial aspects in the making-music process.

Producer Big Nash, original name Nathan Tusubira, charges each production segment differently. The former Swangz Avenue producer, currently attached to Black Market Records, reveals that his clients have to pay production and mastering separately.

Nash says he charges between Shs1.5m to Shs2m for audio production, covering other production demands such as live instruments, among others, and an extra between Shs300,000 and Shs500,000 for arranging and mastering, depending on the nature of production. The celebrated hitmaker, reveals that he charges based on time although his rates do not change irrespective of how long it takes him to produce a particular song.

Unlike Nash, top city music producer and singer Daddy Andre, alias Andrew Ojambo, says he charges studio sessions on an hourly basis, although he acknowledges that clients who opt to pay in time are few.

He reveals that on normal working terms, he charges Shs1m for audio production and an extra Shs450,000 for music arranging and audio mastering.

Andre, however, adds that it is a musician’s obligation to cater for extra instrumentalists.

However, most producers in Kampala will charge lower for artistes working on a body of work, say, an album, long play or extended play.

How much does a musician earn in Uganda?

A Musicians, singers and composers typically earns between USh385,866 and USh1,862,448 net per month at the start of the job. After 5 years of service, this is between USh455,695 and USh2,189,540 per month for a working week of 48 hours.

Who is the best hit maker in Uganda?

Here are the hottest artists reigning from the Pearl of Africa,Uganda.

  • Sheebah.
  • Daddy Andre.
  • Spice Diana.
  • John Blaq.
  • Pallaso.
  • Crysto Panda.
  • Fik Fameica.
  • Azawi.

How do I sell my music in Uganda?

So here are the tips I will share on how to achieve that in the Ugandan music industry.

  1. Artistes Should Write Songs for Others To Perform.
  2. Sell Music Collabos.
  3. Create Commercial Use Music.
  4. Getting Their Music Into Film/TV/Radio.
  5. Monetize Their Websites.
  6. Create Music Education Programs.