Bessa Simons, the president of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), has sworn to defend artists in the nation against unjust treatment by any organization.
He claims to be aware of the complaints made by musicians to the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) about not receiving the full amount of money due to them.
The president of MUSIGA stated that he will work with other attorneys in his organization to address the problem.
He claimed that several musicians have accused his group since most people are unaware of the distinction between GHAMRO and MUSIGA.
Bessa Simons stated that his organization is prepared to help aggrieved musicians who have problems with GHAMRO obtain the royalties that are rightfully theirs during an interview with Nana Ama McBrown on Onua TV, which 1Family Radio monitored.
“As for MUSIGA, if a musician is not treated fairly and they call us, we have to go to the aid of the musician. We will put measures in place so that anyone who wants to join MUSIGA will not suffer.’’
He continued, “Once you join MUSIGA, you have to know that you have a backbone. We have lawyers to aid any musician who is not being treated fairly in terms of their royalties with GHAMRO to make sure whatever is due will be given.’’
“We need to explain certain things for people to understand. GHAMRO is different from MUSIGA. Most people don’t know, so when I go to places, some individuals will say I should collect their money for them. At the same time, we are in a position where we can encourage GHAMRO to make their work better,’’ he added.
Musicians have frequently complained about GHAMRO for underpaying them royalties that are owed to them. Best Simons, who was just elected president of MUSIGA, has an uphill battle to save musicians from their predicament caused by the pitiful sum of money that GHAMRO pays them in royalties.