CEO of Slip Entertainment and renowned entertainment mogul, Mark Okraku Mantey has sent a note of advice to Musicians who constantly run to GHAMRO for royalties.
We all witness and hear musicians taking a swipe at the Ghana Music Rights Organization, for failing to pay them their Royalties. Over the period, the struggling body has tried it possible best to pay royalties to musicians though the structures in place aren’t favorable to their mode of operation which makes it difficult to collect and disburse funds.
GHAMRO does two major distributions every year, now for many who don’t know, the first distribution comes from the blank levy from the government of Ghana whilst the second distribution is from collections.
GHAMRO’s recent distribution was made with just Ghc 500,000, which according to the organization is not from the blank levy by the government. With the recent distribution, some musicians have not been happy with the amounts they received but the Organization has addressed that it took such measures to at least award it right owners before December, though they were accruing close to Ghc 1,000,000 to disburse.
In a conversation with Andy Dosty on HITZ Fm, the programs manager advised musicians to stop blaming GHAMRO for their woes but rather hold radio stations, presenters and Djs accountable for their woes.
The showbiz guru, Mark Okraku Mantey, hinted that doing music does not guarantee that you as a musician must receive royalties from GHAMRO. According to Mark, people often blame GHAMRO when they are not successful in the game.
“GHAMRO is a bonus, GHAMRO is not where every artiste’s money will come. Collecting societies are not the places that can make you rich, it is the streams”, he said.
“The enemy of the musician who is not getting his royalty is not GHAMRO, the enemy is the user. But they leave the users and they go and fight GHAMRO, so the users are comfortable”, Ghkasa.com captured
He averred that it would be wise on the side of the musicians to ask the presenters whether they have paid their royalties before granting them interviews.