Some musicians, expressing concerns about non-payment of royalties from Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), say they cannot die poor.
According to them, GHAMRO as an organisation responsible for the collection and distribution of royalties to musicians and all other creative workers in Ghana, has not been diligent with its duties.
According to them, some of their colleagues cannot even boast of a car tyre despite the numerous sources of revenue on their works.
Ghanaian female highlife artiste and television personality, Akosua Agyepong and Mr Awuku Hagan, speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem’s Anti-Corruption segment, Fabewoso, lamented the plight of their colleagues over non-payment of the royalties.
“GHAMRO has a lot of money but just being heartless with the people. They have failed to pay royalties due creative art workers while we wallow and die in poverty. GHAMRO is hurting musicians,” Miss Agyepong fumed.
They mentioned public music users including radio and TV stations, hotels, night clubs, pubs, event organisers, barbering shops and shopping malls as some sources of revenue to GHAMRO.
They further alleged some members are paid as low as GH¢ 50.00, GH¢100.00 and GH¢120.00 as royalties.