The Ghanaian creative arts industry is arguably in its infant stages. Clear systems and issues of implementing royalties are still being debated.
One way that some musicians have operated in the past was when they solicited for favours from colleagues in the industry in exchange for exposure.
It used to be a practice of some musicians to ask graphic designers and producers to send them creatives and beats in exchange for exposure.
However, as it is difficcult to monetise exposure, many have called on musicians to start paying for the services of those they hire.
Today, M.anifest became a victim of that crusade.
He shared a tweet asking producers to send him beats and he would select one for a project he is working on.
However, his tweet was misconstrued as him asking for free beats.
M.anifest then came back to reject the allegation that he was asking for free beats in exchange for exposure.
“This is plain silly. Who said anything about exposure or free?,” he asked in a quote of one of the tweets accusing him of the free beats request.
Stonebwoy lobbied the Minister of Information to secure a meeting with the Minster of Tourism Arts and Culture to discuss royalties and possible ways of Ghanaians arts making money via online platforms.
This has come as many have complained about their inability to monetize their craft.
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