Over a long period, Music in Ghana has been one of the biggest export of the nation. The emergence of Afrobeats has diverted a lot of publicity for Africans around the world. Obviously, the artistes or creatives are enjoying the trend and airwaves that comes with it. However, do the creatives earn as much as they invest?
Conversations such as these have stirred many concerns in the Ghana Music Industry. Most of the concerns raised are towards music monetization or publishing. How do artistes earn the deserved royalties duly? The music business is an investment just like any other business around the world. Music around the world pays many artistes royalties and protects the intellectual rights of the creatives.
Today, the passionate French Ambassador H.E Anne-Sophie invited collaborators of the Ghana Music Industry to discuss with an action plan on how we can leverage the existing France relationship with Ghana to build a structured and well-paid music publication and copyright issues. Stakeholders such as Ghamro (Ghana Music Rights Organisation), Ghana Music Awards, Ghana Tourism Authority, Artiste managers and well as the media were invited.
Mr. Robert Klah of Charter House Ghana shared insights on deliberations and interventions the Ghana Music Awards has established over the past years. The Launch also had presentations by Rex Omar; Chairman of Ghamro Christophe Cottet; the Country Director of AFD (Agence Française de Développement) on funding as well as Thomas Weill; A music Attaché at SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music).
The delegation from the first ever CMO (Collective Management Organisation) in the world; SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music), France shared enlightening statistics on how music pays creatives around the world.
After an intense deliberation between the parties involved, the France Ambassador expressed commitment to catapult strong working relations between the Ghana Music Industry and SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music) with a particular interest in Ghanaian music co-publishers.
In the light of the promising revolution in the industry, Hyperlink Africa believes the system would help artistes benefitfrom the ever-growing world music business.