The Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) has announced in a statement sighted by GlammyNews.com that it shall start paying royalties to its members from Monday, September 24.
The statement which was signed but the Head of PR, Prince Don–Tsegah reveals that it “has become necessary due to the delay in the release of blank levy due the Society from the Government of Ghana.”
The organisation is expected to distribute GHc500,000 — an amount which is part of the collections undertaken.
Read the full statement below:
The Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) wishes to inform its esteemed members that the distribution of royalties would start from Monday, 24th September, 2018, this decision has become necessary due to the delay in the release of blank levy due the Society from the Government of Ghana.
As you are already aware, GHAMRO conducts its distribution twice in June –July and December of each year with the Blank Levy used for the June distribution whilst the collections used for the December distribution. Given however the current situations where the Blank Levy has unexpectedly delayed, and considering the burden it has placed on members, decision has been reached to immediately disburse collections so far made to assist members.
It is important however, that members would kindly take note that since the collections is ongoing and the amount of GHc500,000 to be distributed is just part of collections made, the due payments to members would be low as compared to previous distributions.
From the forgoing, GHAMRO would like to also place on record that it has not received the Blank levy payments from Government for 2018, which amount has reduced for the past years as a result of dwindling CD’s and Cassettes imports. This has affected the revenue generated from the 20% levy imposed on blank media under the legislative Instrument, LI 1962. We at GHAMRO wishes to assure members that steps are being taken to have “other devices” like mobile Phones, Pen drives, hard discs, Laptop computers etc. included.
GHAMRO is very grateful for the patience exhibited by members in the face of the delay and assure them of doing everything in our power to protect their interest.
We also take the opportunity to remind all commercial Music users including Broadcasting Stations , Shopping Malls, Banks, Pubs , Hotels to renew their licenses by contacting any GHAMRO offices nationwide and those who have yet not regularized their operational license should do so immediately to avoid embarrassment and possible prosecution in the court of law.
For all enquires call our hit lines
GHAMRO BEFORE PLAY.
Public Relations Head (0244670554)