V.G.M.A Brings Back ‘Music For Development’ Category for 2021 Nominations

After scraping the ‘Music For Development’ award from previous editions of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, the organizing company and franchise holders of the scheme ‘Charterhouse’, has announced that the ‘Music for Development’ category has been added to the 2021 nominations but now as ‘Music for Good’ category. Therefore, the call for the submission of songs that fit the criteria of the category, has been initiated starting today and closes on Sunday the 23rd of May 2021. The category remains an honorary one but open to both new and we’ll established musicians in Ghana. This was announced by Charterhouse in a press statement released today.

According to the organizing company of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards ‘Charterhouse’, the purpose of the ‘Music for Good’ category, was to emphasize the importance of making music that promotes a better society and proper practices. “We wish to announce to music stakeholders, the reintroduction of the ‘Music for Good’ Category (formerly Music for Development).  The Music for Good Award is an honorary award that goes to the best song, with lyrics and possibly a project or video, that promotes social good”, the statement read.

However, the songs submitted for the award must fall within the same time frame as the other competitive award categories. “The song must have been released during the year under review. Artistes, artiste management, record labels, music composers, music industry stakeholders and the general public, are hereby notified that nominations for this category is open. As per category definition, only works published from the 1st of January to 31st December 2020 are eligible. Entries are to be submitted to info@ghanamusicawards.com before or by Sunday, 23rd May 2021”, the statement read.

The Award for the ‘Development Song of the Year’ was first initiated by the World Bank to encourage Ghanaian musicians to promoting good social living. Some of the memorable recipients of the award in the past were Okyeame Kwame and group ‘Praye’.

By Jerry Wonder

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