The Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) has ended its annual general meeting in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital.
The meeting discussed GHAMRO’s annual report for last year, approved a new constitution for the organisation and mapped out strategies to improve its operations.
GHAMRO is a licensed music collective management organisation, mandated to collect and distribute music royalties to its members.
The meeting was attended by GHAMRO members, and musicians across the country, including Kofi B, Professor Daniel Amponsah (aka) Agya Koo Nimo, Rex Omar, Akosua Agyapong, Dan Bassey, Awurama Badu, Nana Aboagye Da Dosta and many others.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kofi Boakye, Ashanti Regional Police Commander, pledged that the police would support GHAMRO to discharge its duties.
Nana Ama Akyaa Prempeh, a Senior State Attorney, urged the members to unite and avoid forming splinter groups.
Mr. Kojo Antwi, Chairman of Board of Directors, GHAMRO, commended the group for instituting a scheme that gives monthly stipend to members above 60 years.
He said the board had approved new tariffs for different categories of commercial users of musical works, made up of radio and television stations, restaurants, hotels, chop bars and night clubs.
Others are mobile disc jockeys, shopping malls, banking and non-banking financial institutions, offices, live and recorded music performance venues being identified through the satellite offices.
Mr Antwi stated court action had commenced against institutions that had failed to settle their indebtedness for the commercial usage of musical works of the members.
He said the association had so far collected GH¢539,000 this year, and disbursed GH¢1,605,295 to its members last year.
The Chief Officer of GHAMRO, Mr. Abraham Adjatey, said that the success of the organisation was due to effective collaboration between management of GHAMRO and the board.
He said GHAMRO had satellite offices in Takoradi, Cape Coast, Koforidua, Ho, Sunyani, Tamale and Bolgatanga, adding that GHAMRO had become a member of the Confederation of International Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC).
Seth Adu Agyei