The first ever National Music Summit is scheduled to come off on Monday 21st June 2021 in Accra. The event forms part of activities lined up for the celebration of music made in Ghana by the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. The organizing company ‘Charterhouse’, yesterday issued a statement identifying the main purpose of the summit as discussing the growth of the music industry in Ghana; including the recent challenges and possible solutions. The event will draw industry stakeholders from across the country to brainstorm and share ideas on the way forward for music in Ghana. The National Music Summit coincides with the ‘World Music Day’ and has been announced by the organizers as an annual feature in the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards calendar henceforth.
Achieving an economically sustainable music industry was stated as part of the aims of the first ever National Music Summit by the organizer ‘Charterhouse’. “The aim of the summit is to hold a national broad based conversation towards the growth and betterment of the Ghana Music Industry, by shedding light on pertinent issues troubling the industry and finding solutions together. It is in this light that the 2021 VGMA festivities seeks to create a platform for national dialogue on issues pertaining to the development of an economically viable ecosystem whilst exploring relevant solutions and strategies towards industry growth”, the statement read.
The organizer of the V.G.M.A National Music Summit ‘Charterhouse’, also described the current situation of Ghanaian musicians, in comparison to their counterparts overseas, as unfortunate. “All around the world, Music stands tall as one of the most lucrative Creative Arts and Showbiz sectors; with many musicians being amongst the wealthiest people in the world. Unfortunately, this trend isn’t the same in Ghana where the industry suffers from systemic issues stemming from an under -developed ecosystem and industry, which has led to a struggling industry with artistes who have not been able to fully benefit commercially from their craft”, the statement read.
The event is meant to engage Musicians, Music Producers & Managers, Distributors of Music, Music Promoters, Media and other industry players nationally to discuss core industry issues. At the end of the dialogue, a communique on the insights, conclusions and recommendations collated from the discussions; will be presented to the ‘Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’ for consideration.
As part of the Summit, there will be Honorary Awards – V.G.M.A Titan Awards, given out to distinguished industry stalwarts who have been pivotal in the growth of the industry; as well as some inductions into the ‘Ghana Music Awards Hall of Fame’.
By Jerry Wonder