The Chairman of the directors of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), Rex Omar, has implored Ghanaian artistes to register their music with GHAMRO before demanding music royalties.
He explained that GHAMRO can only provide royalties to artistes who have registered with the organisation.
The ‘Abiba’ hitmaker was speaking at the Showbiz Roundtable organised by Joy Entertainment at the Labadi Beach Hotel last Saturday. He spoke on the topic, “Importance of royalties to the life of the musician.”
According to Rex Omar, while serving as Chairman for GHAMRO, he realised Ghanaian artistes were reluctant to register their songs with the organisation but demand royalties.
He declared that if the music becomes a hit, the artiste may not receive the maximum royalties because they failed to consider it from a business standpoint.
“GHAMRO is a private organisation registered by the right owners themselves, but if you do not become a member and you go and sit somewhere and say give me royalties, you are crying for nothing,” he said.
He said the perception that GHAMRO collects all music royalties of musicians is inaccurate.
He noted that despite digital streaming platforms available for musicians to get some royalties, they still need to sign up with GHAMRO so the royalties that they cannot monitor, GHAMRO makes it available to them.