Ghana Music RightsOrganization (GHAMRO) is a Collective Management organization approved under Copyright Act 690 and LI 1962. It is the sole Ghanaian copyright entity licenced by law to undertake collective rights management for musical works, sound recordings and performances. Its Certificate of Approval to operate as a Collective Management Organization for Music Rights was signed on December 23rd 2011 by Ghana's Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.
This follows the repeal of Copyright Law 1985, PNDC Law 1985 (and the law for the establishment of the Copyright Society of Ghana (COSGA) and the subsequent order for the liquidation of COSGA, various categories of copyright owners in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Copyright Act, 2005 (Act 690) and the Copyright Regulations, 2010 (L.I. 1962) were set-up as Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) to promote and protect the interests of rightowners, a function previously performed by COSGA.
MISSION & VISION
A Society in which recognizing and rewarding music and other art forms of creativity is a vital and integral part of its culture. the center-piece of socio-economic development of the country.
GHAMRO was registered as a private company limited by guarantee under Ghana's Company code on May 18th 2011, and its Certificate of Approval to operate as a Collective Management Organization for Music Rights was signed on December 23rd 2011 by Ghana's Attorney-General and Minister of Justice The Certificate was officially handed over to GHAMRO by the Registrar-General of Ghana on January 18th 2012, after which it began operations.
The Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) is also duly authorized by written assignments and affiliated to composers’ societies all over the world through the execution of reciprocal representation agreements with Societies outside Ghana whose works Ghana protect under treaty and other international treaties.
GHAMRO thus authorizes all those societies to administer the music of Ghanaian composers and authors in their particular countries. Conversely, GHAMRO administers in the territory of Ghana, not only the music of its Ghanaians members, but also the great store of music in the repertoires of all those other societies – in other words, the music of over 1,000,000 composers, authors and producers in some 150 countries.
In this way GHAMRO renders an invaluable service to the users of music in Ghana. GHAMRO makes the music user’s task very simple, for a single and very moderate annual payment, GHAMRO issues a licence authorizing the licensee to use any music in the world-wide repertoire which it represents. Having made that single payment each year, the licensee is secured in the knowledge that GHAMRO holds him covered, and that he can perform in public any music in GHAMRO’s list without fear of being sued for infringement of copyright.