Ghanaian artiste based in Hungary, Sena Dagadu has said that unlike Ghana, the Hungarian government has set up a fund that supports its artists.
She made this revelation in an interview with AJ Sarpong on Citi TV’s ‘Hall of Fame.’
[contextly_sidebar id=”c1sHHpFTKbaFdPFoUBV8SScwZ1x0gfZq”]When asked how different the Hungarian music industry was from Ghana’s, she said the Hungarian government had instituted a special fund for people in the creative industry for different purposes.
“There is a system in Hungary where you can apply for government grants for different projects – be it a tour, be it an album, be it a joint project with different artistes or anything that is culture-related. It could be classical music, dance, theatre, and basically they have different things you can apply for during the year,” she revealed.
She also mentioned that the copyright system in Hungary is more functional that what obtains in Ghana.
“There is a strong copyright system whereby every radio or television play and commercial use of your music has monetary value to it so you actually have someone trying to protect your music and pay you for having it aired there. But for most of my musician friends I know that is hugely lacking,” she said.
Sena noted that even though most of the Ghanaian musicians do not get royalties as expected, she is aware measures are being put in place to make the situation better.
In Ghana, the government has announced plans to set up a creative arts fund for people on the creative sector.
The Creative Arts Bill, when passed, would make room for the initiation of the fund.
The President, Nana Akufo-Addo told Parliament during the third State of the Nation address that the passage of the Bill was in the offing.
“We have worked to finalise the Creative Arts Bill, leading to the setting up of the Creative Arts Fund. For the first time, in 2018, Government provided support to the Creative Arts Council, and the Creative Arts Masterclass, to build capacity of Creative Arts practitioners, has also commenced,” he noted.
This was one of the manifesto promises of the New Patriotic Party.
Sena Dagadu became popular on the Ghanaian music scene when she was featured on VVIP’s ‘Skolom.’
Some of her musical works are ‘Extra Large,’ ‘Yo Chale,’ ‘Pass it On,’ ‘Pressure,’ and ‘You No Ready.’
She is currently preparing to release a single with Worlasi on April 6, 2019.
By: Kwame Dadzie | citinewsroom.com | Ghana