28 July 2017

GHAMRO executives sworn in – Starr Fm

Executives of Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) have been officially sworn in at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

A senior State Attorney, Dorothy Habadah, representing the Attorney General presided over the swearing in ceremony during the 2nd Annual General Meeting of GHAMRO.

Some of the Board members who were sworn in include Ahmed Banda, first vice chairman, Mrs. Diana Hopeson, second vice chairperson, Nana Tuffour, Tic Tac, Augustina Addison, Bice Osei Kuffour, Oheneba Kissi and Bessa Simons representing Composers on the board with  Rex Owusu Marfo aka Rex Omar as Board Chairman.

Mr. Benjamin Mensah (Big Ben), Ernest Akwasi Anim, Seth Kwaku Amponsah and Rev Francis Boahen represent Publishers on the board.

Rex Omar in his acceptance speech thanked the members for voting the new executives into office. He said the certificate of Approval for Collective Management Organization for (GHAMRO) has been approved by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akufo.

He promised the musicians that the next four years of their tenure in office will see an improvement in stakeholders royalties. He also called for a good welfare for the musicians and hopefully get a private insurer on aboard.

‘We have taken the telcos to court and we cannot continue to sing for multinationals to take us for granted”, he added.

GHAMRO established under Copyright Act 690 of 2005 and regulated by Legislative Instrument 1962 of 2010, is the only organization mandated by the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice to license, collect and distribute royalties on behalf of music right holders in Ghana.

They also license and collect royalties when music is played and performed. GHAMRO also licenses and collects royalties when music is reproduced.

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