The popular musician cum dancer, Edem in latest interview disclosed that the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) pays him royalties once in his lifetime.
He disclosed that as the senior artist he got a cheque of GHS 700 very long time ago. He added that without appropriate rule, GHAMRO will definitely lose its position.
Read his words as below:
‘GHAMRO gathers royalties for artistes recorded under them. But if a commandment comes from the assembly and directs radio stations to pay a certain amount to artists, they will pay. TV license dues were to be paid by people. But royalties are salaried by bodies that use music on a large scale. People play music at festivities, DJ uses the song and guest house also use the music. There should be a way to improve the artists. If Foster has a hit song and his melody is played 10 times and Edem’s song is played two times, there is no purpose why they should take the identical amount.’
He additionally advised that the issues of royalties are sketchy and must be treated with the farthest consideration.
‘Royalties are so sensitive and they ought to be in the hands of something that has rules made by the government and just actualized by statutory bodies in law. When it gets in the hands of private undertakings or people, it will be motivation compelled. So I figure a law ought to oversee it.’
GHAMRO was built up under section 49 of the Copyright Law, Act 690 of 2005 and managed under L.I. 1962 of 2010 to gather and appropriate sovereignties collecting to creators and proprietors of copyright.
GHAMRO is a non-beneficial corporate body and in this manner, all charges gathered and circulated among the correct proprietors whose works have been utilized, in this case composers, authors and creators, and publishers in the extent to the utilization made of their works.
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