Wendy Shay calls on government to rollout stimulus package for musicians to cover their debts
Afrobeat artiste, Wendy Shay has appealed to the government to rollout stimulus package to help musicians cover up losses which they made during the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the country.
According to her, the outbreak of COVID-19 had a dire replication on artistes as they cancelled their tours, shows and bookings in and across the country.
Speaking in a media interview in Accra today, the Ruff Town Records signee stated that artistes were affected a lot during the outbreak and have still not been able to stand firmly on their feet in the industry.
“What I am expecting from Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is that as a result of COVID, many of us have made losses. So I am hoping the President will pay a courtesy call to us and provide us with some financial assistance to cover up for the loss due to the fact that we could not hold concerts,” she said.
Wendy Shay however called on the president to further ease the social gathering restrictions to enable them kick-start their concerts and tours to make money.
She noted that although musicians were adopting virtual means in selling their arts and crafts to their fans and music lover but it was not enough, stressing that their survived lay mostly on live concerts and programmes.
“The ban on Social gatherings and large meetings have made it difficult for artistes to hold concerts, which is a major source of income for us and it is my hope that the President will give artistes some money to make up for our losses,” Wendy Shay stated.
The “Emergency” hitmaker also applauded the government for its contributions in the creative industry and urged him to do more for musicians.
That, she noted would help them to compete effectively with artistes in the foreign countries.
“Nana Addo has done a lot for the creative arts industry however, what I am expecting from him is that he does more for us to ensure we cover our debts,” she added.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE