Ghana Music Royalties Organization (GHAMRO) Addresses ‘Music Royalties’ Challenge at National Music Summit

The Chairman of the Ghana Music Royalties Organization (GHAMRO) Rex Omar, yesterday at the National Music Summit in Accra, stated that the slow pace of Government’s bureaucracy, the lack of relevant education of the musicians and stakeholders, and the absence of modern technology, where the challenges preventing the realization of accurate and timely music royalties’ distribution to the deserving parties. He stated this during a panel discussion with other key stakeholders as part of the summit’s objective to identify the problems faced by the music industry and suggest solutions. The…

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Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Rolls Out ‘Plan Summary’ for the Arts at the National Music Summit

The Deputy Minister – Designate of Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Mark Okraku Mantey on Monday 21st June at the first ever National Music Summit in Ghana, announced a three phase plan summary stating the 3 major areas the Ministry will be focusing on to improve the Creative industry in Ghana within the next three and half years. He stated ‘training and education’, ‘infrastructure’, and ‘Marketing’ as the focal points of the plan. He was addressing stakeholders of the Creative industry on Government’s plan to revive the Arts and ensure…

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UNESCO Commends Vodafone Ghana Music Awards on National Music Summit Initiative and Promises Support for the Arts in Ghana

The Head of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Diallo Abdourahamane, yesterday at the first ever National Music Summit commended the organizer of the ‘Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’ and it’s partners for creating the National Music Summit as a platform for the advancement of music through conversation. He said music was powerful and capable of harnessing unity in the society. The National Music Summit was a follow up event to the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and also a celebration of World Music Day in Ghana. The Head of…

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Sidiku Buari, Professor John Collins, Ken Kafui & Big Ben Music Honored as ‘Titans’ of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

Alhaji Sidiku Buari speaking at the National Music Summit after receiving his ‘Titan Award’ on Monday in Accra

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National Music Summit Maiden Edition Takes Off on a Good Note

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…

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Cinemas Free to Operate as Government Lifts Ban!

In a brief phone interview a few minutes ago with the Chairman of the Film Classification Committee and Government spokesperson on matters of the Creative Arts ‘Socrates Safo’, he stated that cinemas can now be operational but with strict adherence to Covid – 19 safety measures. He added that the Ghana Tourism Authority (G.T.A) has the mandate to inspect and approve such venues before they commence operations. This comes as good news to many Ghanaian filmmakers following an indefinite ban on cinemas since last year amid the Coronavirus Crisis in…

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First Ever National Music Summit’ For This June!

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…

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Ghanaian Filmmaker Samuel Whyte Agyapong Advocates for ‘Road Safety’ in Ghana

Ghanaian Film Producer Samuel Whyte Agyapong, continues to champion the need for road safety education and government’s intervention in the absence of street lights on many roads in various parts of Ghana. Recently, he released a snippet of his short film on ‘Road Safety’ on social media saying the film will help draw attention from government agencies and other stakeholders. A few days ago, in an interview in Accra, he revealed that his motivation was by witnessing the death of a victim of a road accident. After witnessing the untimely…

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President Nana Addo Dankwa – Akufo Addo Hints ‘Poor Ventilation’ as the Reason for the Indefinite Ban on Cinemas in Ghana

On Sunday the 16th of August 2020, during the 15th nation’s address on Covid -19 by His Excellency the President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo from the Jubilee House in Accra, he stated categorically that cinemas, pubs, nightclubs and beaches were to remain closed until further notice. But, he also added that certain indoor events like conferences, religious gatherings can be organized with no restriction on the number of people; once the usually required protocols were active. However, the President made one new insertion with regards to…

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The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Acted Timely in George Floyd’s Case

Today the 5th of June 2020 recorded another historical event on the black history calendar as the leadership of the first country to be liberated from colonialism in Africa, Ghana, officially added her voice to the many cries of injustice given to people of color in the United States of America. But, what made this act of compassion so significant was its timeliness.  At, the point when tensions have been heightened in the United States of America with demonstrations, burning of shops and in some cases violent protests, one may…

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