The Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) was established in 2010 as a collective management organization under section 49 of the Copyright Law, Act 690 of 2005 and regulated under the Copyright Regulations 2010, Legislative Instrument (L.I.) 1962. The Society was issued a Certificate of approval by the Attorney General and Minister for Justice on 23rd December 2011 to license, collect and distribute royalties accruing to authors and owners of copyright and neighbouring rights.
Like all other copyright societies, GHAMRO is a non-profit corporate body (limited by guarantee) and therefore all fees collected are distributed among the right owners whose works have been used, in this instance composers, authors and producers, publishers in proportion to the use made of their works.
GHAMRO is duly authorized by written assignments and affiliated to composers’ societies all over the world through the execution of reciprocal representation agreements with Societies outside Ghana whose works Ghana protect under treaty and other international treaties. In this way, GHAMRO authorizes all those societies to administer the music of Ghanaian composers and authors in their particular countries. Conversely, GHAMRO administers in the territory of Ghana, not only the music of its Ghanaians members, but also the great store of music in the repertoires of all those other societies – in other words, the music of over 1,000,000 composers, authors, publishers and producers in some 150 countries.
In this way GHAMRO renders an invaluable service to the users of music in Ghana. GHAMRO makes the music user’s task very simple, for a single and very moderate annual payment, GHAMRO issues a licence authorizing the licensee to use any music in the world-wide repertoire which it represents. Having made that single payment each year, the licensee is secured in the knowledge that GHAMRO holds him covered, and that he can perform in public any music in GHAMRO’s list without fear of being sued for infringement of copyright
How it works
GHAMRO license and collects royalties when music is played and performed. GHAMRO also license and collects royalties when music is reproduced.
To make sure that members have a consistent experience, you will have our published rules governing how we work. These includes
- Music registration policy—who should register music and how quickly we will update our records
- Agreement registration policy—how to notify us of publisher changes
- Samples and arrangement—two areas where copyright infringement disputes can occur.
- Infringement claims and disputes—how GHAMRO will act when one member claims another member has infringed their copyright
- Dispute and duplicate claims rules—how GHAMRO will act when members disagree about who should receive royalties
- Service standards—our commitment to answering members queries
GHAMRO is membership organisation. You can learn more about our formal constitution that give us a legal right to license and collect royalties for our members
How do we collect royalties
GHAMRO collects royalties for the use of music from the following users
- Banks using music at their working Hall
- Malls, Shops, drinking bars, etc.
- Live Concerts/Performances
GHAMRO issues licences to each of the above users for the use music within its world-wide repertoire. The actual fee payable vary from users to users depending on the extent of musical content.
If you are performing your own songs or compositions publicly, you should be rewarded for these performances and Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) can help you make sure that this happens. However, this is not all GHAMRO can do for you.
What else do we do for you?
- Fast and efficient collection of royalties from users
- Provide detailed and easily understood royalty payment system
- Access to broadcaster logs ensures accurate payments for radio and TV usage, to identify other usage
- International network of society agreements
- A dedicated team monitors overseas performances and international income to ensure timely, accurate and complete royalty payments
We are poised to start the licensing new platforms - online, podcasts, ringtones, mobile TV and music downloads
Very soon each member will receive
- regular magazines mailed to all members
- updates by email, whatsapp or GHAMRO platform
- Easy registration/Copyright Office to improve the rights of creators
- member workshops and networking sessions
- Access to GHAMRO welfare Package
If you have recently completed an application form, please do not continue with this application as you will be charged again. Please get in contact if you have any questions regarding your outstanding application.
What to do next?
- Photocopy your ID
- Remember to complete your application form. Then sign and send to GHAMRO (along with a copy of your ID and member reference). Please only send us photocopies of your ID rather than the original documents.
- Reference from existing GHAMRO member
Where does the money go?
The money we collect go to the composers, lyricists and publishers whose work is performed publicly. GHAMRO distribution all royalties that it collects, after deducting its cost of administration fixed by the law (approx 30%) and 10% welfare which is provided under the section 57 of the GHAMRO constitution.
Every licence issued by GHAMRO requires the licensee to submit regular ‘’returns’’ or list of all the musical works broadcast by the SERVICE (section 21 of L.I 1962). These returns are very essential, for they enable GHAMRO to distribute accurately the royalties which it has collected, to the composers, authors and other rights owners whose works have actually been broadcast.
GHAMRO also recognizes that there are works which performances are not logged due to the nature of use and therefore the Society makes provision for supplementary distribution in the case of such issues.
Joining GHAMRO as an Author Member
- Please have the following items to refer to while completing your application:
- Bank account details (including account number and sort code) where royalties should be deposited or Mobile Money
- ID - a photocopy of either your birth certificate or passport
- Reference from existing GHAMRO member
Once we have processed your application, we will inform/email you confirmation and attach a copy of your final application form for your records.
You need to pay an administration fee to join GHAMRO as an author member. After completing the form, you also must sign and send your application form with your proof of ID to us.
Your application can only be examined after we have received both of these documents. If you do not meet the criteria for GHAMRO membership, your fee will be refunded. Please note that we can only complete the membership process or make a refund after we have receive your signed application form, proof of ID and a member reference.
Publisher Member (Producer)
Music producers/publishers can join GHAMRO to collect royalties when musical works from their catalogue are produced/performed. If you have at least 10 musical works in your catalogue - and the contracts to prove it - you are eligible to join.
Why should I join GHAMRO?
GHAMRO represents the rights of composers, songwriters and music producers/publishers who make up our membership. We help ensure our members are rewarded when their music is played or performed in line with our distribution rules.
You can become a member of GHAMRO
GHAMRO collects royalties for members when their music is reproduced/performed. You may want to join GHAMRO as a producer/publisher to collect royalties if the music in your catalogue has been:
- Commercially released by a record company (other than a record company you own)
- Recorded in a radio or TV programme
- Recorded in an audio-visual or multimedia production
- Used online
When to join GHAMRO
GHAMRO collects royalties for members when their music is publicly performed or re-produced. You should join GHAMRO as a producer/publisher to collect royalties if the music in your catalogue is currently: being
- Broadcast on radio/TV
- Used online
- Performed live in concert
- Otherwise played in public
GHAMRO is the authorised music collecting management organization (CMO) by the Copyright Act 2005, Act 690 and the Coptright Regulations 2010, L.I. 1962, and approved by the Ministry of Justice and Attorney-Generals' Department to license, collect and distribute royalties accuring to musci authors and owners of copyright and related rights.