Very soon musicians in Ghana will be contracted and paid according to a standardised grading system, the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has hinted.
This system will prescribe how much musicians who are members of the union should be paid whenever their services are sought for performances or shows.
At a press soiree organised by MUSIGA on Friday, 12th January, 2018, the President of the Musicians Union of Ghana, Bice ‘Obuor’ Osei Kuffuor said after having hatched the idea for a long time, the time was ripe for its execution. www,citifmonline.com observed!
“This year, we’ll be announcing standard wages for the music industry – and so we’ll have A list artistes, B list artistes, C list artistes and MUSIGA is going to propose standard minimum wages that these artistes must be paid when you engage them for their services.
The President also announced other things the union will be embarking on in the coming years. He said MUSIGA in partnership with the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) will be launching a pension scheme for musicians and an App for the union.
He said another thing the union will be doing is an artiste incubation project dubbed the’ Future Project,’ aimed at giving support to fledgling musicians who have shown great potentials in their endeavours.
“We’ve seen the need to help up and coming artistes because for a long time MUSIGA has been a professionals’ club but for some time now we’ve made a conscious decision to expand our wings to take in unsung artistes; people who have the potential but are not there yet,” he stated.
“We have put these artistes together in an artiste incubation project, giving them all the needed support that MUSIGA can afford,” Mr. Kuffuor added.
He said in total, there are about 64 artistes in the Future project who have been supported to have international experiences and collaborations with established artistes.
MUSIGA has also launched the ‘Play More GH’ campaign aimed at encouraging Ghanaian DJs and presenters to play more Ghanaian songs on the radio or television.
One project that has sparked controversy after its announcement is the annual music chart compiled by Qisimah GH on MUSIGA’s behalf.
This, according to Obour, is purely based on radio airplay and would be done every year for both secular and gospel as a means of helping furnish the music industry with reliable data.
Obuor who became President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) in 2011 is serving his second term in office.