4 other ways MUSIGA could have spent GH¢ 800,000 of GH¢2m gov’t fund

The President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) Bice ‘Obour’ Osei Kuffuor has revealed to Accra-based Starr FM Radio that GH¢ 800,000 out of the GH¢ 2m given to the union from the government was spent to conduct a research into the Gross Domestic Product of the music sector.

Lets take a moment to believe that. ;)

But the reactions of the Ghanaian public on social media towards the spending of the funds on research is not on the positive side at all.

Here are 5 other things the 800k cedis could have been spent on.

1. Setup a first class live recording studio

Considering the current standard of majority of the live recording music studios in Ghana, it is eminent to invest in and setup a first class LIVE recording studio if Ghana utilizing the latest technologies and equipments in music today and subsidizing the price for Ghana musicians.

2. Launch or Invest in a Ghanaian music streaming service

Till today, there is no online music streaming or download service nationally accepted by top Ghanaian musicians and easily accessible to the general public for the patronage of local music with local integrated payment platforms. This makes it near impossible for musicians in the country to monetize their works.

3. Fund a public campaign for the strict implementation of 80% Ghana music on the airwaves

It still makes no sense in 2017 populating the Ghanaian airwaves with majority of Foreign music if this Ghana is really interested in protecting her local musicians rights, values and music. A campaign was started by George .M. Britton sometime last year calling on all people in the music industry to advocate for the implementation of this but we all know how that went.

4. Invest in multiple music labels in outside Accra

The recent introduction of the Zylofon Music label in Accra and their expanded presence in Kumasi sets a pace and also shows an example to other people in the music business that Accra is not the only place good music must come out from or be heard. Musicians like Fancy Gaddam, Maccacio & others have previously proven to us that numbers are not their problem there.

Now, I'm not saying spending that amount of money on research into the music industry is wrong but there are a lot of unanswered questions.

What was the result of the research?
Whats the implementation of this Research?
What do the Ghanaian musicians stand to benefit from this research?

Whatever MUSIGA does should be to the benefit of the average Ghanaian musician and they should be accountable to the industry on their decisions and actions, if not, I do not see the reason the union should exist in the first place.

Anyway, this is just my opinion as a lover, patronizer, and manager of Ghana music.

If you have any other ideas on how you think MUSIGA could invest money that will benefit musicians feel free to share your opinion too.

Source: David Banjoko

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