Many renowned ageing Ghanaian musicians have shown gratitude and appreciation to the administration of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) for the setting up of the ‘Ageing Musicians Welfare Fund.’
In a courtesy call paid to the President of the Union and Executive Members last week, the musicians made up of the likes of J. A. Adofo, Abeakyere Kofi Sammy, Grace Omaboe, Thomas Frimpong, Paapa Yankson, Thomas Frimpong Comfort Annor, Kwadwo Donkoh, Mike Ofori and a deluge of other prominent ageing musicians together with the likes of young musicians like Mary Ghansah, Akablay, Kaakyire Kwame Appiah, Oheneba Kissi, Nicholas Omane Acheampong etc – expressed their delight with the formation of such a fund aimed at providing support to ageing musicians.
The President of the Union, Bice Osei Kufour, took the opportunity to give an insight on the objectives and the operations of the Fund, which has been initiated to serve as a support system by generating revenue to the Ghanaian musicians who are ageing, for those who are disabled or have become incapacitated in their line of duty and for those musicians who will be in dire need of assistance.
He explained the core objectives of the fund, which are to generate revenue for ageing musicians to support them every six months, to register members of the fund to NHIS as well as to come up with innovative ways of using the works of members to generate revenue for the fund.
According to the President, the fund is opened to all musicians, especially those who are over 60 years of age and to other musicians who are incapacitated, with members free of paying any form of monetary dues to the operations of the fund.
MUSIGA has also laid down mechanisms to ensure that the fund is run effectively to ensure probity, transparency and accountability as well as the disbursement of the funds to beneficiaries. A fund management has been set-up to preside over the fund and other committees such as the Finance Committee, Sponsorship Committee, Visitation/Protocol and Welfare Committee, Events and Project Committee and the Communication and Media Committee have all been set-up to manage the Fund.
The President also intimated that the Ageing Musicians Welfare Fund’ shall also be involved in various donations to needy musicians and a Review Committee will be formed to audit the operations of the fund every four years.