Public Relations Officer for the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO), Prince Tsegah has stated that a proper royalty system is not easy to set up as people think.

Prince’s comments come on the back of a series of verbal attacks directed at GHAMRO about their inability to rightly distribute royalties on behalf of authors and composers during the Vodafone National Music Summit organised by Charterhouse, organizers of the Ghana music awards.

In an interview with Andy Dosty on the Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, PrinceTsegah explained that in Ghana, most people do not understand copyright, hence, getting the allocated money is almost impossible.

“The royalties system is not too easy to put up, the blank levy isn’t working out, because nobody is using CDs any longer, nobody is using cassette and the importation is minimal or absent, now we are into pen drives, phones and hard disc etc., and the law hasn’t been amended to include those, so those monies we are not getting,” he noted Thursday.

Musicians have for some time now mounted pressure on leaders of GHAMRO to give them their royalties as some believe that they make more money but receive less from the organization.

Others have also asked that the leadership steps aside so people with the know-how to take up their roles and make the system work.

He also clarified the misconception about managers receiving royalties from GHAMRO by a section of musicians.

He further explained that managers are not to be paid by GHAMRO but by the amount signed on contract between the artiste and the managers.

“GHAMRO deals with right owners, so if you are a publisher, you are a composer, and you are a performer, but it doesn’t extend to management,” he added.

Prince urged musicians to put in more effort to get their music out there, so as to gain publicity and trust the royalties to do its bit from there.