The management of the Ghana Music Right Organisation (GHAMRO) has announced that the payment of royalties to members of the collective society will begin on Sunday, June 30.
The society disclosed that an amount of GH¢900,000 will be distributed to its members.
The exercise, expected to go on for several days, will be carried out simultaneously at GHAMRO offices in Accra, adjacent to Teachers’ Hall, Workers’ College, Adabraka.
In a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GHAMRO, Prince Tsegah, he indicated that the right owners would receive payments via the usual channels such as mobile money transfers, bank transfers and over the counter payments (cheque).
According to the statement, members of the society who have not updated their bank/payment details with GHAMRO should kindly come over to the office for prompt attention.
Any further information or queries on distribution, he revealed, should be channelled to the GHAMRO’s chief operations officer.
This is in accordance with regulation 29(1) of the L.I 1962 of the Copy right Law 2005 which states that “a society approved under these regulations may on behalf of its members take measures that the society considers appropriate for the collection of royalties and any payments to which members are entitled” and regulation 30 further instructs GHAMRO to pay royalties “promptly and in any case not later than six months.”
The statement added, “It is instructive to note that the distribution amount has increased by GH¢200,000 as compared to the previous distribution last year. These increments of royalties were due to the prudent investments made by the board and management to augment the dwindling blank levy amount paid by the state to GHAMRO.”