The problem of irregular or non-payment of royalties in the Ghanaian music business has lately been a heated topic, with most musicians claiming that they either do not get royalties at all or receive unreasonable amounts.
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Guru, a Ghanaian rapper and producer, has complained about the country’s royalties distribution anomalies and discrepancies.
After 12 years of active music, he disclosed to Berla Mundi on TV3 NewDay’s Entertainment Segment that he has never gotten royalties from Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO).
“In doing active music for twelve years, I have never received my royalties.”
According to Guru, some people collect royalties on behalf of artists, but the money does not reach the worthy artists as it should.
Artists are not paid royalties.” Someone is collecting royalties on your behalf, but they can’t find you to give them to you.”
Guru added that meritorious artists do not earn royalties due to the country’s poor royalty legislation and that those who do receive royalties are paid inequitably.
Also, he went on to say that following a big song, every artist is expected to earn a large sum of money, but that this does not always happen due to the country’s royalties bodies ‘ inconsistencies.
“Our forefathers went through the ordeal, and we are not following the entertainment agenda.” Our authorities are not doing enough to regulate the entertainment industry. Who is in charge of ensuring that artists receive their due? I’ve invested and worked as a producer, artist manager, and executive producer, and we’ve been overlooked. He reiterated, “We are not controlling the system adequately.”
The rapper regrettably confessed that he regrets the fact that the system does not provide adequate support for artists, and that all he can do is add his voice to the chorus.
“I lament that the system does not support the artist, and I am powerless to change it.” He explained, “The only thing I can do is talk about it.”GHAMRO should embrace a technological and computerized manner of running royalty allocation, according to the ‘Lapaz Toyota’ hitmaker.
He also advised that young musicians be encouraged by providing more support to artists in the industry, as well as protecting Ghana’s musical history in order to boost international appeal.