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Will this research end musicians bane?

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Will this research end musicians bane?

The African E-News

The Musicians Union of Ghana, MUSIGA, held a Stakeholders forum on the research themed ‘Revitalizing the Creative Art Industry: The Contribution of the Music Sector to the Socio –economic development of Ghana’ in Ghana’s Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA) 2010 -2013 at the British Council, Accra on January 15, 2013.
The forum was chaired by president of MUSIGA, Bice Osei Kufour, a former Tourism Minister and Chief of Agomeda, Nene Mike Gizo, aka, Nene Nagai Kassah, Acting Tourism Minister, Akua Sena Dansoa, renowned Ethnomusicologist, Prof Emeritus Nketiah, one time MUSIGA President Agya Koo Nimo, Prof John Collins of the University of Ghana, representative from K.P.M.G, Evans Asare and Representative of N.D.P.C, Adjei Fosu Kwaku who in turns presented speeches on their inputs and outputs of the research.
Patrons at Stakeholders Holders Forum 
Addressing participants, the president of MUSIGA, Bice Osei Kufour noted that it’s in the first time in the history of Ghana that the music industry have commenced a comprehensive study of the music sector to provide data and information that will inform appropriate, suitable and evidence based policy making and possible investment to drive the sector.
He further indicated that one could not mention any performance venue purposely for music, hence musicians over the years complained about the lack of direct government support and investment into the music sector unlike sports where on a regular basis the government has huge and regular investments and provision of infrastructure among others across the country
He lamented on how musicians pay their music to be played on radio & TV instead of being paid for the use of our music on these stations yet receive next to nothing as royalties for the use of their creative works.
He as well addressed the issue of piracy which is one major bane killing the creativity and access to funding for productions and marketing, ‘‘there is no institutional structure that trains and feeds music industry practitioners in this country, in fact the challenges are myriad hence, the challenges will be there because there is no data to prove the immense benefits we will get if such challenges are addressed.’
Adding that one can only stop complaining and start living on music if a scientific tool we can use to advocate dialogue or negotiate for fair and realistic wages from our employers and equally engage users of our works to pay for their usage is established and that’s the purpose of the research.
Bice Osei Kufour explained that this research which is under the theme: Revitalizing the Creative Art Industry: The Contribution of the Music Sector to the Socio –economic development of Ghana” is to help in finding the requisite solutions to music industry needs, therefore at the end of this project the survey will among other things:
• Create visibility of the music sector, giving it a higher political and strategically priority ;
• Gather information necessary to develop a coherent strategy for the music sector
• Provide baseline data that can be used to inform evidence based policy making.
• Use the outcome as an advocacy tool to drive and direct investment into the music sector.
• Use the outcome of the study to prepare a four year medium term strategic plan to guide the development of the Ghanaian Music Industry.
He pleaded for the cooperation of persons in the sector as well as stakeholders to help in the research with any information about existing studies or existing sources of informations as ‘‘our research consultant, KPMG will be consulting most of you during the process, and information given will be treated in confidence therefore no one should feel threatened to share or disclose information to the field workers that may visit you later at your work places.’’
The representative from KPMG, Evans Asare, announced that the research will cover a period of not more than three months and the general findings will help answer some pertinent questions pertaining to the industry.
Pricing of music CDs, packaging, inadequate venues, lack of sponsorship for the sector, piracy and ‘payola’ were some of the issues that were raised at the forum and in three months time, KPMG will present a draft copy of their findings before they make their final submission.
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