The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) wishes to assure music right owners that the court case involving some right owners and the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) does not in any way affect the distribution of royalties that have been collected and are to be distributed.
The case pending before the court is about the continued stay in office by the interim management committee as well as their failure to render accounts to members of GHAMRO on their tenure of office. As right owners may be aware, the interim board of GHAMRO has been in office since 2011 and has not convened a single Annual General Meeting of right owners who are members of GHAMRO nor issued annual statement of accounts for the period of their stewardship.
The Union would therefore like to correct the erroneous impression being created within some quarters of the industry by certain persons that the court action by some musicians against GHAMRO is intended to stop the distribution of royalties to right owners.
Contrary to that position, the Union wants to state emphatically that the court action is intended to ensure more transparency in the affairs of GHAMRO and greater financial returns to rights owners.
The Union would further like to assure musicians and industry players of its commitment to the improvement of conditions in the industry for the ultimate benefit of the industry as well as practitioners and the nation at large.
Bice Osei Kuffour