VGMA Prize Money Is Incentive for Attendance, Not Win – 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 one 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 GHS 10,000 and each winner of a category gets GHS 3,000.

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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Ghanaian Publicist and Brand expert based in Accra,Ghana. In 2011, Jonilar started professional public relations with Tema-based record label,Harbour City Recordz,the force behind award wining music group,Gallaxy. Jonilar is the founder of Aurelia Republic,an entertainment service provider in the area of public relations,branding,production and consultation. Between 2013 and 2016,Jonilar worked with Vision 90.1 and Pluzz 98.9FM respectively as a radio producer of a talk show that focuses on arts and entertainment. He is serving a number of boards in various capacity helping promoting show business in Ghana. He currently works with a good number of brands and artistes in Ghana and other parts of Africa. Mobile:+233246106248


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