President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Bice Osei Kuffuor, known as Obour has said he has created jobs for musicians in the country during his tenure as president of MUSIGA.
He made this assertion in an interview with Andy Dosty on Accra based Hitz Fm on Wednesday.
As monitored by ghlinks.com.gh, the one-time musician now in charge of the affairs of MUSIGA explained that before he assumed office as president of the body, MUSIGA wasn’t creating jobs for musicians but served as a facilitator for them, ensuring that they don’t get cheated when they get jobs. However, his administration upon assuming office decided to change the story and directly create jobs for musicians.
Obour disclosed that the intention of establishing the Ghana Music Week was to see to it that musicians get jobs. He said musicians are employed to work at workshops during the week long celebrations of the Ghana Music Week. He added that music groups from across the country are also employed to perform during the ceremony of the week celebrations.
Citing the MUSIGA Grand Ball as another example, he said when having the program, MUSIGA directly employs over 80 musicians who get paid.
In response to how the musicians get paid even though MUSIGA doesn’t rely on internal funds, Obour said they send sponsorship proposals out for assistance. “Just like every program, we budget and seek sponsorship”. He added that the money they pay musicians might not be that huge but he can assure it is okay. He added there can be delay in payment but musicians receive their pay, just like it happens everywhere.