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Aug 11, 2017

BSCAP Made No Money During C.E.O. Heather Cunningham’s Tenure

Shyne Barrow

Shyne Barrow’s abrupt departure as chief executive officer of the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Producers, BSCAP, on August tenth, is mired in controversy.  Belize’s Music Ambassador has demitted office after only one year at the helm of the group, despite a considerable turnaround at the once dormant organization.  His resignation succeeds a recent meeting with BSCAP’s board of directors.  In that meeting, Chairwoman Heather Cunningham reportedly informed that she is seeking north of half a million dollars in expenses and salary for the period 2010 to 2013, during which she was C.E.O.   That claim for six hundred thousand dollars, accrued over three years, is being challenged by Shyne, who argues that there is nothing to show by way of revenue generation or copyright compliance during Cunningham’s tenure.  News Five has been furnished with a copy of BSCAP’s financial statements for that period, though it does appear to be audited. Those records show that Cunningham’s salary increased by a total of ten thousand dollars annually for the three years she held the post of C.E.O., her annual income beginning at fifty thousand dollars in 2010.  Additionally, expenses related to operating a satellite office amounted to six thousand dollars per annum.  The records show that for 2010 and 2011, respectively, that sum was paid out for the use of a satellite office, despite BSCAP’s office addresses being listed in Belize City and Dangriga.  In 2011, the organization shelled out one hundred and fifteen thousand, three hundred and six dollars, its highest payout in expenses to date.  Again, these are operational expenses that BSCAP was spending, despite not being profitable for members of the organization.

Heather Cunningham

When Cunningham stepped down as C.E.O. in 2013, she was replaced by Joseph Guerrero who held the office until last year when he was succeeded by Shyne.  Since then there has been the implementation of copyright compliance, an initiative which has netted BSCAP some revenue.  The irony, nonetheless, is that while the organization was set up to benefit artists, a meager two thousand, five hundred dollars was being set aside to share among its membership.  That translates to approximately twelve dollars per writer member.

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1 Response for “BSCAP Made No Money During C.E.O. Heather Cunningham’s Tenure”

  1. Jason says:

    Bunch of scam artists and extortionists – I chased their asses out of my operation and Said sue me but glad to see I didn’t waste my money or my time on these imported wannabe belizeans

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