George William Dickson
The Founder and Executive Director of Rhythms of African Music Foundation (RAMF), George William Dickson, yesterday called on all stakeholders in the music industry to come together and fight against corruption in the industry in Ghana.
According to the musician cum music producer, the fight against corruption should be targeted at 'those corrupt leaders and their agents whose corrupt activities have brought untold hardship to the industry.'
He noted that the corruption in the music industry had affected music business and the lives of many Ghanaian musicians especially, the aged musicians.
In a chat with BEATWAVES yesterday, George Dickson, expressed concern about the way and manner the music industry was being mismanaged by some incompetent personalities, and how this had brought the industry into a standstill.
The music cum music producer voiced out his grievances and displeasure about the incapability of the stakeholders to check the nefarious activities of all those put in place to manage the affairs of the industry.
He was of the view that the current state of the Ghanaian music industry required the services of knowledgeable persons to handle the affairs of the industry in order to generate job opportunities for the players.
The Executive Director of RAMF also tasked entertainment journalists in Ghana to do more research in line of their duties to help check and expose the activities of corrupt music stakeholders, and noted, 'It has become obvious that most of our entertainment journalists publish stories without doing enough research, resulting in misinformation, lack of clarity and one-sided stories.'
He stressed that there were several cracks in the music industry, and it was high time the entertainment journalists and the stakeholders came together to help find out solutions to the numerous problems confronting the industry.
George William Dickson, who is also the President of the Musicians and Dancers Association of Ghana (MUDAG) and the Communication Director of the Music Council of Ghana, added that there were pressing issues in the music industry which needed to be addressed.
He, therefore, entreated all to put resources together and get all hands on board in order to do more to help grow the industry, to make it highly-competitive on the world music terrain.