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The Ghana Music Rights Organization(GHAMRO), held its 1st Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 26th May, 2016 at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, to present financial reports, approve a new constitution, fraternize and discuss the performance of the Society for the year 2015 and how to improve its service years. The meeting is the first ever in the annals of the history of the organization by an elected Board since the period of the Copyright Society of Ghana in 1987 and GHAMRO as a Collective Management Organization in 2012. The meeting was well attended by dignitaries from the Attorney General Department, Ministry of Tourism & Creative Arts, Copyright Office and representatives of the two other collective Management Organization, Copy Ghana and Audio-visual Association of Ghana(ARSOG).
The Annual General Meeting also saw the attendance of over eight hundred members from all over the country and renowned musicians and publishers like Ahmed Banda aka Bandex, Kofi B, Mary Ghansah, Augustina Addison, Professor Daniel Amponsah akaAgya Koo Nimo, Rex Omar, AkosuaAgyapong, Diana Hopeson, Tic Tac, Dan Bassey, Zapp Mallet,AwuramaAmpadu, Nana Aboagye DaDosta,Ofori, Apogee, etc.
The Ashanti Regional Police Commander DCOP Kofi Boakye , the special guest of honour at the Annual General Meeting admonished music rightowners to put their act together, work collectively to ensure that users recognize their work and worth. He further pledged the support of the police force as an enforcement agency to the work of the organization and said that the Police stand in readiness to support and compliment the efforts of the GHAMRO in its mandate.
In his report to the meeting, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, the music maestro, Kojo Antwi noted that, this Annual General Meeting in fulfillment of Ghamro’s obligations in accordance with the requirement under of the Companies Act as well as the L.I. 1962 under which GHAMRO is licensed as a collecting organization. He indicated in the reports the opening of new satellite offices in 8 regional capitals, distribution, collection, expenditure, and GHAMRO’s outlook for 2016. He also spoke extensively on the “AGRIMS SCHEME” implementation where monthly payments is made to aged members above 60 years and said it is the single pioneering effort by GHAMRO to assist the old aged take care of themselves.
Licensing and Collections
On collections, Kojo Antwi noted that during the first year as Chairman, the Board approved new tariffs for more than ten different categories of commercial users ranging from Radio and Television networks, Hotels, Restaurants, Canteens, Chop bars and Night clubs to mobile Disc Jockeys, Shopping malls, Banking and Non-Bank financial institutions, Offices, live and recorded music venues are being identified through the satellite offices.
He stated that” As the Board pursuesits mandate, court cases have started against a number of organizations that have failed to recognize that the commercial use of musical works should benefit those who compose and publish them.”He mentioned that whilst GHAMRO is in court with broadcasting stations like Multimedia Group, Kencity and Global Media Alliance, others including Citi FM,EIB Network and the Despite Group have negotiated settlement of their indebtedness. He informed the congress that collections for the first five months of 2016 amounted to Gh¢539,000 already and therefore GHAMRO is on course.
He continued that GHAMRO has opened 8 satellite offices for efficient monitoring and collection and plans are further advance to open offices in music user-intensive areas to ensure the entire country is well served. He also mentioned the procurement of two motor vehicles,five motor bikes, computers and office equipment and the developed of a new website to assist the administrative efforts to provide better access to user clients.
He said “The sum of the single distribution from GHAMRO to members in 2015 was over 380 percent over the previous royalty distribution” He noted that in 2015, GHAMRO total distribution was GH¢1,605,295 against the previous year of GH¢334,181 and informed members of advanced plans for distribution next month.
The Chief Officer of GHAMRO, Mr. Abraham Adjatey in his presentation, explained that the success of GHAMRO lies in the strategy of engagement between the management and the Board in the pursuit of GHAMRO two year program. He said with the expansion of the Society’s licensing system, GHAMRO is determined to be the leading Collective Management Organization in the country. He further noted that this can only be achieved through members support, management commitment, further reinvestment in staff training and focus on new technological platforms like digitization, downloading and internet music use. He expressed his appreciation to the members and Board of Directors for their guidance and support.
TheAnnual General Meeting also adopted a new constitution for the organization with new provisions for membership categories, grievance process, increases Board tenure from two to four years and the election of Chairman and two vices Chair persons in conformity with the Companies Code.
There were musical performances by Nana Tuffour and Nana Kwame Ampadu who did a super version of “ Mother ” and “Obra” respectively at the request of DCOP kofiBoakye, the guest of honor.
Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) The Ghana Music Rights Organization(GHAMRO) is the only music collective Management Organization licensed and approved by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to collect and distribute music royalty to its members in Ghana. Presently GHAMRO has 8 satellite offices in eight regions across the country at Takoradi, Cape Coast, Koforidua, Ho, Sunyani, Takoradi, Tamale, Bolgatanga, Upper Volta. GHAMRO provides a one stop licensing and collection of music royalties from Radio, TV, Restaurants, Shops, Malls, Bars and Corporate institutions like Insurance companies, Banks & offices. GHAMRO has been admitted as a member of the Confederation of International Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). What this means is that our members who go to perform outside the country can now enjoy their royalties as these society will now collect and send the royalty to GHAMRO.
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