One of the prolific female gospel musicians, Piesie Esther, has taken serious swipe at GHAMRO on its decision to collect royalties from churches, describing the attempt as abomination.
The ‘Agye Wonsem’ hit maker made the statement on Adom Entertainment Hall show last Saturday.
In an interview with the Host of Adom Entertainment Hall, Mike’2′, Piesie said, Ghanaians who pay taxes are very people who are the members of the church hence need not to pay any royalty.
According to her, the church normally gives the artistes invited to its programmes some transportation and need not pay anything to GHAMRO.
“Those who pay taxes at home are the same people who go to church. We the musiciana are sometimes given fuel when invited to perform at churches. After taking this token and then GHAMRO also goes back to take royalties which wouldn’t be fair to the churches. GHAMRO should hold on with plans to let churches pay royalties”, she cautioned
She further added that, there are certain things that must not be done in church even though they (musicians) need money to support their works.
Piesie Esther, who recently donated some assorted food items to Mephibosheth Training Centre (MTC) at Apam Junction in the Central Region said, there are many other areas the organization could enforce its mandates to generate more income to give to its members than this initiative.
“Not all money is to be consumed. The house of God is there to praise Him and worship Him, is God who gives us the strength to write and sing the songs so after this if you take royalties, I think it is unfair. They should not attempt taking any royalties. It is an abomination to even think of taking royalties from the churches”, she added.