The operating licence of the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) has been withheld by the Attorney-General, and therefore, the organization will not be able to distribute royalties to its members.
Chairman of the Interim Management Committee for GHAMRO, Rex Omar, revealed this at a press briefing on Thursday, June 1, 2023.
Omar explained that the license has been withheld by the regulator through the copyright office.
“GHAMRO’s operating license is being withheld by the regulator through the copyright office. As a result, GHAMRO would not be able to distribute any collection, as it is unable to follow the collection mandate until the license is renewed,” Omar said.
He also emphasized that GHAMRO is against a campaign by some notable persons, including Madam Akosua Agyapong, to stop payments for the use of protected music.
Omar said GHAMRO submitted all the requisite documentation for the renewal of its license in June 2022.
He expressed shock at the decision of the Attorney General of Ghana to withhold the license.
“The Directors and management of GHAMRO wish to assure its members and the general public that adequate steps will be taken legally to have Akosua Agyapong prove all her allegations or retract them, with an unqualified apology to all affected”.