Public Relations Officer of Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), Prince Tsegah has issued a press released on behalf of the organisation urging musicians to stay calm because their June-July royalty payment may delay.
Mr Tsegah explained that the Organisation has been experiencing some minor problems with regards to the bank levy cheque from the state.
He used the opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused and asked all members to remain patient because all the necessary measures to rectify the problem to pay the royalties is ongoing.
Below is the full statement released.
The Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) wishes to inform its cherished members that royalty payment due to right owners for the JUNE –JULY season will soon be distributed. This delay is due to the fact that GHAMRO experienced some problems in receiving the blank Levy cheque from the state. GHAMRO has regularized the issue and very soon members will be credited with their first royalties for the year 2018. GHAMRO wishes to seize this opportunity to apologise for the delay, and to encourage members to be patient as plans are far advanced for prompt distribution.
This delay has been occasioned by processing difficulties with the State Agencies through which the Blank levy is paid. GHAMRO wishes to assure its members that these `difficulties have been ironed out after meetings and discussions with the respective offices in charge of the release of funds. GHAMRO will soon send bulk text messages confirming payment date and processes to its members.
In a related development, the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) is embarking on a national enforcement operation to retrieve all Broadcasting copyright royalty fees for 2018.
All public music users, including Radio and TV stations, Hotels, Night Clubs, Pubs, and Event Organizers, barbering Saloons, Shopping Malls etc which have not renewed their Operational License for 2018 or who have not as yet regularized their operations with GHAMRO, should do so as soon as possible to avoid prosecution and embarrassment .
All copyright royalties should be paid directly to GHAMRO since the organisation is not dealing with any association for the collection of royalties.
Remember that it is an offence under the copyright law to use music in a public place without prior approval from GHAMRO under section 36 of the LI 1962 of 2010.
For further and better particulars on the operations of GHAMRO, please call the Public Relations Head on 0244670554 for any enquires.
GHAMRO PAY BEFORE PLAY.
Below is a copy of the report.