Prophet Nicholas Osei, popularly known as Kumchacha has stated categorically that he will organise for the beating of any GHAMRO official who dares to enter his church to take royalties.
According to the Founder and leader of Heavens Gate Ministries, the decision by GHAMRO to make churches pay royalties over songs sung during worship services are out of order.
Speaking in an interview with Nana Yaw Agyemang [Big Sharq] on Metropolitan Drive Time Show on Metro FM, Prophet Kumchacha argued that the churches pay invited gospel musicians well and hence, payment of royalties by the church will be completely unfair.
“If we as Churches invite Gospel musicians for programs we pay them duly” – He said.
He further suggested to the GHAMRO to rather tax musicians on the monies they receive after performing.
“…if I as Kumchacha invites an Artist for a Church Program with a duration of one week or less, I make sure to pay him or her with an amount of five thousand cedis, so after paying this money to the artists, GHAMRO officials would come to me to collect royalties for the music usage, how sensible is this, in my opinion why don’t they rather tax these artists on the money being paid to them as royalties”. – He added.
The president of GHAMRO stated that plans had been made to ensure that churches pay royalties for the songs used during worship service.
source: metro news | Yaw Prekoh |