The MUSIGA-endorsed research that was undertaken by statistics firm, KPMG, which utilized the GH2million grant by government – disclosed exactly how much music contributes to the country’s GDP.
The figure has been reported but music critics and observer still act cynical over the level of contribution – www.entertainmentgh.com can argue, but not anymore, because the President of the Union, Obour, has once again disclosed the exact contribution of music to the nation’s economy
“With scientific proof, we know music contributes less than 1% to Ghana’s economy but if you put a figure to it it’s about 190 million per year. This is proven by quantitative study. This is not Obour just saying something, there’s proof to show,” he explained on GHOne TV.
He further offered explanation;
“From 1957 till 2014, we have not had a comprehensive study on the music sector where assessment of the industry is done. You know the economic contribution of the music industry to the GDP of Ghana. We had a comprehensive study of the music which for is the greatest thing that happened to our music industry ever since the days of Nkrumah.”
He also talked about how the creative industry can approach government with empirical figures to back any request(s);
“Now, if we are talking to government, you can state that music employs about 40,000 people. About 20% of these people practice music part time and 80% do this full time. This is a foundation of development. So, if a musician says nothing is being done it’s probably because that musician doesn’t understand what it takes to develop. I think we should all add up and educate our musicians.”