The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta While presenting the Mid-year Budget Review before parliament on Thursday, July 23, 2020, announced that the creative art sector will receive financial support from the government for the next six months.
According to him, the government is going to “increase the CapBuss Programme by GH¢150 million to, among others, facilitate credit of GH¢50 million to support the Creative Arts, the Media and the Conference of Independent Universities.”
Acting president of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and Music Veteran Mr. Bessa Simons in an Interview on GH Box Green FM has shared his thoughts on this issue taking into consideration the several responses by industry players in the Country.
According to the Belembe hit maker, as the Acting President of MUSIGA he was highly elated at Governments decision to support the creative arts industry as there are a lot of musicians in Ghana who need help for the Music industry to thrive.
He mentioned that the outbreak of Covid – 19 had ruined many plans and will largely affect our culture and tourism as these two contribute immensely to the GDP of the country notwithstanding the fact that music and the creative arts industry promotes culture and tourism of this country.
“I am happy the Government has listened to our pleas and our call and in effect offered to support musicians until things get back to normal.” He said.
He further explained that there is going to be a stakeholder meeting to discuss how to handle the funds and the modalities to access the fund.
“For now I cannot speak on whether these funds will go to MUSIGA or Musicians. When we meet with the Minister all these will be discussed.” He declared.
In his final statement the legendary highlife Singer advised all Ghanaian Artistes to join MUSIGA as this will go a long way to better their career as every member benefits from the association. He added that any non-member should not by any means expect any benefit or support from the association if need be as they’re not in their records and hence do not pay dues, welfare or any other contribution spelled out by the society.
“Some Artistes are not with us. They do not pay dues, no welfare and no contribution. So how do they expect to benefit from us if they are not in our records? “No contribution No chop”; when you do not pay and you see people gaining don’t think they’ve also not paid but are enjoying the benefits. All those who haven’t joined are missing out; there are a lot of contracts and education going on here.” The highlife Singer claimed.
Written By: Naa Oshedu Lois/ Greenfmonline.com