Event organising firm, Charter House, has announced that it does not pay foreign artistes to perform at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).
In an interview with Accra-based Citi FM Friday, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the company, George Quaye, said foreign artistes who perform at the annual awards show do it for free.
This, Mr Quaye said, was because the foreign artistes knew that it was a convention all over the world not to charge money to perform at award shows.
His comment follows complaints by some Ghanaian musicians, including Shatta Wale and Sarkodie, that Charter House pays foreign artistes more money than their Ghanaian counterparts to perform at the VGMA.
Mr Quaye said:
“All the international acts that are coming, none of them is taking a dime. What we do is we cater for their flight, we give them accommodation and a per diem and in total it doesn’t go beyond 1,500 or worst case scenario 2,000…because they know, that in their countries and all over the world it’s convention, you do not charge to perform at award shows.
“However if it’s a music concert that we are doing like the Hope City concert with Chris Brown, yes definitely you will pay top dollar.”
“There is a lot of perception that goes round. There are issues that we cannot run away from. This is our country and we do honour and cherish our artistes so much. But those are just perception but I’m sure if they come close enough eventually that perception would be robbed off.”
This year’s VGMA awards has been scheduled for Saturday.
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