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MUSIGA out with a blueprint

By James Harry Obeng

 

As part of efforts to bolster commercially-viable relations with the Ministry of Trades and Industry to promote local music and culture globally, the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) is out with a blueprint to create jobs and generate more foreign exchange revenue for the country.

 

Codenamed Development of a Business Case for The Musicians Union of Ghana, the blueprint touches, among other objectives, on facilitating an initiative towards the implementation of the music industry component of the Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS 2) document which ends by December, this year.

 

These were made known when Mrs Diana Hopson, President of MUSIGA, led a high-powered delegation from the musicians union to pay a courtesy call on the deputy Minister of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Hon John Gyetuah (MP, Amenfi West).

 

The delegation, composed of Ernest Kwesi Enin, Ag.General Secretary, veteran musicians A.B Crentsil, K.K Kabobo, Bibi Brew and , presented a copy of the blueprint to the deputy Minister.

 

In a brief speech, Mrs Hopson lamented on myriad developments which she said were militating against the development of the entertainment industry in the country.

 

Prominent among the problem were the issues of copyright, piracy, the unauthorized use of musical works and distribution via internet and mobile phone downloads, and the absence of a music industry umbrella in the country.

 

“our music industry is also by the inadequate provision of performance halls, the abuse of copyright works by some radio and television owners and managers, the lack of access of enforcement for the use of local content by the electronic media and the lack of access to funds”, she said.

 

Mrs Hopson, therefore, called for a stronger support and collaboration with the ministry to “use musicians in the country to propagate made-in-Ghana goods”.

 

For his part, the deputy Minister pledged the ministries preparedness to partner the music industry, “especially regarding using our good musicians in promoting the made-in-Ghana goods abroad like Friday wears”.

 

Hon Gyetuah commended efforts of MUSIGA for ever remaining steadfast in championing the interest of musicians in the country.

May 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment