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My children will not do music because of corruption, lack of accountability at GHAMRO-Agyapong

Written by  Jul 09, 2018
Veteran highlife musician and television personality, Akosua Agyapong has called for proper structures at the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO), to make music attractive for the youth. She bemoaned the challenges musicians have to go through despite the number of years they have invested in their career and professional work. Speaking on Away Bus on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the musician said her children have expressed interest in taking her footsteps but till we straighten things up at GHAMRO, we cannot influence the youth to pursue music, she posited. Akosua Agyapong was worried at the rate at which musicians have to beg before they are able to cater for themselves adding, ‘’musicians are dying poor Some are dying poor. That should not be the case but this is what we are currently seeing in the industry. We only focus on mounting platforms to go and sing at funerals at departed souls but the system that can help make musicians benefit from their work is not in place.'' She took a swipe at the current leaders at GHAMRO nothing that, transparency and accountability has eluded the organization. She believes musicians are not benefiting from GHAMRO despite the revenues being generated. ‘’GHAMRO should sit up. I will not keep quite over what is going on. I do not speak anyhow but I do so with facts and proof.’’ According to her, celebrated gospel musician, Hannah Marfo who recently appealed for support to pay for the medical bills of her daughter, was only given GHc300 by GHAMRO. Chairman of GHAMRO, Rex Omar recently threatened to sue the musician. The decision was based on accusations made by Akosua that the leadership of the organization, GHAMRO, has been embezzling funds and also enriching themselves as a result of poor monitoring and accountability. According to the 'Abiba' hitmaker, who is part of the leadership, Akosua Agyapong's accusations are far from right and should not be given listening ears. He further stated that Akosua is only telling lies from one radio to the other and also causing defamation to GHAMRO executives. However, Akosua Agyapong said she was shocked the suit never came because it only confirmed her long held perception that, accountability and transparency has not been seen under the current leadership of GHAMRO. GHAMRO is the authorised music collecting management organization (CMO) by the Copyright Act 2005, Act 690 and the Coptright Regulations 2010, L.I. 1962, and approved by the Ministry of Justice and Attorney-Generals' Department to license, collect and distribute royalties accruing to music authors and owners of copyright and related rights. .
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