The first ever National Music Summit scheduled for Monday 21st June 2021 in Accra will gather both Resource Personnel from relevant fields with adequate experience and other stakeholders of the music business in Ghana, to deliberate on the way forward in the development of music as a lucrative venture in Ghana. A panel comprising both local and international speakers, will be addressing three major areas namely royalties, distribution, and live performance. Among them will be Head of TuneCore West and East Africa Chioma Onuchukwu, musicians Rex Omar, Trigmatic, and the Chief Executive Officer of Aftown Music Jefferson Seneadza. The National Music Summit is part of the list of activities lined up for the annual celebration of music made in Ghana by the ‘Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’.
The line up of speakers for the National Music Summit, have adequate knowledge, experience or expertise on selected areas for the discussion. The panelists comprise artistes and managers namely Rex Omar – Chairman of Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO), Trigmatic, Kiki Banson – Chief Executive Officer of EKB Records, and Munyaradzi Chanetsa – A & R Manager, Sony South Africa. And in the area of music distribution and content creation Chioma Onuchukwu – Head, TuneCore West and East Africa, and Juan Gomez – Head, African Content and Creation from Pandora Media, would be dominating the conversation. The President of GHAMRO Abraham Adjetey as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Aftown Music Jefferson Seneadza, will be lending their voices on the realization of a royalty – based music industry in Ghana.
The maiden edition of the National Music Summit is likely to receive a lot of patronage and reviews as selected areas for discussion are already causing debates among many industry leaders. Yesterday on live television, veteran music producer ‘Hammer’ of ‘The Last 2 Fame’, stated that incentives was what the Ghanaian creative industry needed. “Filmmakers like Shirley Frimpong Manso and Leila Gyansi should be given incentives to showcase Ghana in their movies. Nobody is paying us in the Arts”, he said. He added that music was area that needed government’s attention. Also on the show on United Television, was musician ‘A Plus’ who stated that music is a matter of National Security and shouldn’t be taken as a joke.
The National Music Summit is poised to set what is likely to become a consistent reminder of the importance of the development of music as a business venture to help solve unemployment as well as sell Ghana to the world.
By Jerry Wonder