There’s no doubt that Corona virus has hit the world’s economy hard, but the hardest hit has been the entertainment industry.
Ghana’s arts industry is also feeling the pinch; with the ban on social gathering extended to another 2 weeks and frustration and near depression are setting in for many stakeholders within the industry.
Sharing suggestions to www.entertainmengh.com on how the industry can survive under these challenging times, experienced Artiste Manager, Frank Agyekum, has stated that the Government should pay musicians a monthly stipend to aid them navigate through the times.
He reckons that the arts industry is arguably the most affected and considering how crucial music and the purveyors have been – some payment to them would not be an outrageous call.
“Check out other practitioners; the carpenter is working, the mason is working, the barber has opened his shop, so has the hairdresser. The vulcanizer is back at his spot working but the musician is still barred from working. Markets have been opened and our mothers, thankfully, are back in business,” he said.
“The musician works with a gathering or audience, so, once you take that away, you cripple him/her in one, if not the surest revenue-generating point of his business; therefore it makes sense for Government to offer monthly stipends for these musicians until the situation gets better.”
On how such monies, if approved by Government would be disbursed, he retorted;
“GHAMRO and MUSIGA have database of names. The sharing of the money should be based on such listings.”
Queried as to what happens to those who not members of these groupings, Frank said that, there’s nothing that can be done for those who are not members of such groups.
“It would also serve as a lesson for them to join such groupings because when it comes to such support, Governments and firms look out for groups and not individuals.”
Frank Agyekum has a storied career as an Artiste Manager, having handled the likes of Daddy Lumba, Ofori Amponsah, Guru, Obrafour, Kurl Songx and Bless among others.