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VGMA prize money is incentive for attendance – George Quaye

The Public Relations Officer of Charterhouse, the organizers of the Ghana Music Awards, George Quaye, has explained that prize money given to award winners of the VGMA is an incentive to them for being present at the ceremony and not necessary for winning.

He said this on Pluzz FM’s Sunday entertainment magazine show, Flex On Pluzz when host Kwame Dadzie asked him why prize monies were not given to winners that were not present at the award ceremony.

“I am none person who has always believed that winning an award is not about money. The plaque is what tells that you have won an award and not the money. Now, the reason prize monies are not given to winners who are absent at the ceremony is that, the money is basically an incentive to encourage nominees to attend the ceremony,” he explained.

“However, there are exceptions and that is for the organizers to decide. If for any reason a nominee cannot attend and he gives the organizers prior notice, they may be considered,” Chairman of the VGMA Board, Nii Ayite Hammond who was also on the show added.

According to the VGMA terms and conditions, “The Prize money attached to the awards would only be paid to artistes that are present at the awards ceremony and receive their award{s} personally.”

The overall artiste of the year is entitled to a cash prize of GHC10,000 and each winner of a category gets GHC3,000.

The main ceremony of the Ghana Music Awards Festival comes off on the 7th May, 2016 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

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