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Bice Osei Kuffour , MUSIGA President

A group of some concerned musicians have called on the government to set up an independent committee to probe into how the GH?2 million budget given to the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) for the creative industry was used.

At a meeting yesterday, the group insisted that the independent committee should be given the mandate to prosecute all persons who have embezzled the money meant to support the growth of the industry.

According to the group, ?Ever since the money was released to MUSIGA, the musicians in the country have no idea how the GH?2 million given to MUSIGA by the government was used and how much was left in the coffers for them. Several donors have been said to have donated to musicians? fund and nobody knows how much and how those monies have been disbursed.?

The group was happy when Madam Dzifa Gomashie, Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts told Radio XYZ on Saturday, March 22 that MUSIGA led by Obour should account for GH ?2 million it received on behalf of the creative arts industry.

The group, which blamed the leadership of MUSIGA for denigrating the music industry and scaring off investors, were of the view that the actions of the leadership of the industry have horrified potential investors and turned the fortunes of the industry upside down.

It described the state of MUSIGA as a ?leaking basket that has no operational system, a system that is not based on knowledge and its application. It is operating on the premise of ignorance.?

The group noted that unless good structures were put in place, the industry would find it difficult to attract investors.

The group declared its support for the formation of rival associations to inject some sanity into the music industry whose leadership is failing to give any account to musicians and composers.

BEATWAVES later gathered that apart MUSIGA, other creative unions such Veteran Musicians Association of Ghana (VEMAG), Audio Visual Rights Association of Ghana (ASORG), Association of Music Right Owners, Ghana (AMRO GH), Professional Musicians Association of Ghana (PROMAG), among others, did not benefit from the GH?2 million from the government.

The President of Music Council of Ghana (MCG), Ekow Micah, also revealed the Council which had been in existence since 2010 had also not benefitted from the money.

MUSIGA and Ghana Association of Phonographic Industry (GAPI) are the only unions that benefited from the budget money. ?We shall very soon revolt and petition the government to probe MUSIGA to tell all of us how they spent the money,? Ekow lamented.

BY George Clifford Owusu ([email protected])

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