Due to the recent legal tussles and wrangling in the activities of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), ace musician Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and over 900 other music right owners and members of GHAMRO have resigned from GHAMRO to form a new collecting society known as Music Rights Society of Ghana (MURSOG).
It has the likes of Akosua Agyapong, Pozo Hayes, King David, Ekow Micah, Naa Amanua Doodo, Nana Taby, Collins Marfo, Kyei Baffour, Obuoba J. A. Adofo, Sloopy Mike Gyamfi, George William Dickson, Frank Mensah Pozo, Akatakyie and many popular musicians in the music industry are members of the new collective society.
“We own our music and have assigned our rights to the new society to collect our royalties for us and not GHAMRO. In Ghana, we have freedom to form or join any association of your choice so we have resigned from GHAMRO and we are now with MURSOG,” one of the members lamented.
George William Dickson, President of the Musicians and Dancers Association of Ghana (MUDAG) and the interim General Secretary of MURSOG, said that the new society is formed with members from eight music associations and unions whose membership were part of GHAMRO, adding that the Registrar General’s office has released the certificate for the new society to commence business as a company limited by guarantee.
King David of ‘Ayefe Notse’ fame, who is a member of the new collective society, hinted that the objective of MURSOG is to collect and distribute royalties to its members who are owners of music sound recordings in Ghana whenever their recordings are broadcast, diffused or communicated to the public.
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