When elected to office, Mr. Bessa Simons, the aspiring President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), says one of his top priorities will be to secure a minimum wage for musicians.
With elections set for January 12, 2022, the famed Ghanaian artist, who has served as President of the music body for the previous two years, is hoping to be re-elected for the next four years.
Mr. Simons, who has worked in the music industry for more than four decades, expressed his displeasure with the position of rising musicians who receive no compensation for their performances.
Mr. Simons claimed that enacting a minimum wage policy for musicians would financially safeguard their future, speaking at the unveiling of his manifesto, which is built on three tenets: Transparency, Accountability, and Unity.
“As a result, you should not be paid less than a certain amount, and if elected to office, I would champion this course.” Once we establish this policy, it will become the norm, especially for upcoming musicians who frequently perform for free.
“If all artists band together and support MUSIGA’s implementation of these policies, this plan will work,” he stated.
He also added that if he is elected President of MUSIGA for the next four years, ‘payola’ will be a thing of the past.
“We’ve signed an agreement with the Ghanaian Disk Jockeys Union that, starting in January, if you’re a member of MUSIGA, you won’t have to pay for promotion, and they’ll play your music and grant interviews,” he said.
Mr. Simons will face Madam Deborah Elizabeth and Mr. Ras Caleb Appiah-Levi for the Presidential nomination on January 12.