The creative arts industry is one of the industries that has suffered during this coronavirus pandemic.
Musicians, who fall in this industry, are some of the worst hit.
In our part of the world where musicians make the most of their money by playing shows and concerts, they have seen that the revenue stream completely dried up due to the ban on social gatherings.
Most of them are now having to rely on revenue from online streams of their song – mostly a paltry sum of what they can make when the play shows or hit the road.
However, another challenge for Ghanaian musicians is that most of these streaming platforms are foreign companies and sometimes it makes it difficult for them to get their music onto these platforms.
It is for this and other reasons that Stonebwoy is urging the government to consider helping the music industry to create its own local streaming platform.
Stonebwoy asked the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah to help when he joined the minister for a conversation in a Live Instagram session.
Stonebwoy asked that the government hold a dialogue with himself and some of the other musicians such as Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Samini and others about the matter.
When he received his request, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah promised Stonebwoy that he would secure a meeting with the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng Gyasi and the musicians to discuss the matter.
Maybe, one benefit from coronavirus is that the Ghana music industry will get its own government-sanctioned music streaming platform that generates revenue for the musicians.
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