GHAMRO’s Operating License Restrained, Creatives Royalities At Stake

Ghanaian creatives are owed compensation for their work usage and may have to bid their time.

This comes after the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), statutory mandated with the responsibility of distributing royalties, has had its license held back.

This development comes on the back of a myriad concerns raised by legendary songstress/Performer, Akosua Agyapong, for the office’s closure over some legal issues which have deterred the royalty distribution corporation from resuscitating its license for some time now.

The outcome was disclosed at a presser in Accra on Thursday, June 1, 2023.

Attending the conference, the Chairman of GHAMRO’s interim management committee, Rex Omar clarified that the royalties collection body would not be competent to disseminate any collection to respective beneficiaries.

This implies the agency will not be able to perform its collection mandate until the authorization is renewed.

In the meantime, Rex Omar has taken powerful peculiarity to the allegation by Mrs Agyapong describing it as a “smear campaign to malign the management and Directors of the organization with misleading information to further their agenda.”

Akosua Agyapong has among other fortes indicted GHAMRO of indiscretion including non-compliance to numerous suggestions enshrined in the agency’s 2021 report.

The ‘Frema’ hit maker granted an interview to Accra-based newspaper, Graphic Showbiz and uttered that one of them is a provision for GHAMRO to use 10% of royalties for the welfare of rights holders.

But Akosua Agyapong says this is not being enforced.

“From the 2021 report, those who are managing the fund are paid GHC72,000 annually; yet, members in dire need don’t get assistance,” she mentioned.

© 2023 • Story By Edem Latsu Nukafu
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