The maiden edition of the National Music Summit yesterday in Accra, concluded on a good note as the event proved to be different from the cliche ‘talk shops’ which have attempted to spearhead the conversation in music development between stakeholders of the music industry and the Government. There were relevant suggestions and objective criticisms, adequate stakeholder participation, and most importantly, a united call to action by the audience. The event forms part of the annual celebration of music in Ghana by the ‘Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’ and also as a celebration of ‘World Music Day’ in Ghana. The Chief Executive Officer of Charterhouse the organizer of the ‘National Music Summit’, said that both the ‘Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’ and Charterhouse were fully committed to ensuring the growth and sustainability of music in Ghana.
The National Music Summit may be the turning point for Ghana’s Music industry or a catalyst to the desired change the musicians have sought all this while. Yesterday in Accra, the discussion on the status quo of the music business globally and how advanced and efficient technological inputs could be made practical in Ghana, were top of the discussion. The Chief Executive Officer of Charterhouse and Board Member of the ‘Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’ Theresa Ayoade, said that adaptation to the ongoing global change in the music industry was necessary and was the only way to ensure the untimely death and progress of the Ghana Music industry. “The industry is changing at a very fast pace, and this calls for us to have top level leadership dialogue that keeps us on track; and even, anticipate the next move so that, all sectors in the values chain ecosystems are not left behind. This is why it is necessary to annually hold such national conversations to keep us on our feet…”, she explained.
The Chief Executive Officer of Charterhouse Theresa Ayoade added that the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards governing body and Charterhouse, would bring back the National Music Summit every year as part of their commitment to advancing music development in Ghana. “We at Charterhouse and the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, believe in the importance of using this huge event platform to not only spotlight the glitz, but also the business in ‘showbiz’. Our dream is that every creative mind will be able to full commercially live off their God – given talents. And, to this end, we are totally committed to helping creat a vibrant and viable ecosystem that enables all creatives thrive. This is exactly what the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and the National Music Summit is about”, she said.
The first ever National Music Summit gathered both representatives from the Government among industry stakeholders to share ideas on the way forward. Some of whom were present at the event included the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Mark Okraku Mantey, Pioneer Highlife musician Rex Omar, Acting President of the Musicians Union of Ghana Bessa Simons, President of the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) Abraham Adjetey among other guests. There were live video calls from Nigeria and South Africa to allow for interactive sessions between various resource personnel including the Head of TuneCore West and East Africa Chioma Onuchukwu and ‘A and R’ Manager for Sony Munyaradzi Chanetsa respectively. The audience was limited due to COVID-19 precautions, however, the event was still patronized by people and some high ranking stakeholders from the music industry.
The event took an emotional turn when 4 honorary awards labelled the ‘Titan Awards’ of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, were presented to long serving stakeholders of the music industry in Ghana namely: Managers of ‘Big Ben Music’, veteran musician Sidiku Buari, music scholar Professor John Collins, and Musicologist and Composer late Kenneth Avotri Kafui. The four we’re officially inducted into the V.G.M.A ‘Hall of Fame’ for their service to the music industry in their unique fields of endeavor.
By Jerry Wonder
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