The Gospel Music Association today announced the addition of two new sponsors to GMA Week 2004 to be held in Nashville April 24-28. Gibson Musical Instruments, the leader in fretted instruments and guitar giant, and Roland Corporation US, the leading producer of electronic music equipment, have confirmed their participation.
The tremendous opportunities for artists and musicians to see and experience the wide-ranging products both leading companies offer is an unprecedented event in itself, according to John W. Styll, president of GMA.
“For artists and musicians, their instruments are essential to their music and ministries. We are pleased that Gibson Guitar and Roland Corporation will be participating in the GMA Week convention. Each company has strong relationships with many of our artists and musicians. Their association is worth celebrating and expanding,” Styll said.
Gibson Guitars will exhibit in Room 211 on the second level of the Nashville Convention Center next to the Renaissance Hotel. The guitar company’s showroom will have an electrifying display of some of their newest products and innovative designs. Company representatives and musicians will attend the exhibits. The “Gibson Stage” at the Renaissance Hotel Ballroom will be the main stage for entertainment throughout the convention.
“As many GMA artists have discovered through the years, one of the strongest ways to deliver a musical message is with a Gibson guitar and a Baldwin piano,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO. “We’re excited to officially team up with the GMA to bring great artists and great instruments together.”
Roland will be in Room 214, also on the second level of the Nashville Convention Center. Roland’s exhibit will feature the latest offerings in the world’s best keyboards and other electronic instruments. Some of those featured at GMA Week 2004 will be Fantom-X8, VK-8, RD-700, V-Drums and JC-Series amps. Company representatives and musicians will attend the exhibits.
“Roland Corporation U.S. is pleased to be a part of GMA and we’re excited about the changes in music and ministry. GMA is at the forefront of these advances and we look forward to being part of it,” said Dennis Houlihan, president of Roland Corporation U.S.
In addition to Gibson and Roland products, Ultimate Support Systems and SHURE will also feature their newest products in each of the two showrooms.
Exhibit-only passes are available for musicians interested in visiting the showrooms. In order to receive your musician’s exhibit-only pass, please go to www.gospelmusic.org/gmaweek-2004/MusiciansPass.pdf or see the customer service counter at event registration during GMA Week 2004. Artists and industry executives registered for the convention are also invited to visit the showrooms throughout the week.
Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins and banjos. Gibson’s digital guitar, introduced in 2002, represents the biggest advance in electric guitar design in over 70 years. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Trace Elliot, Baldwin, Ellington, Hamilton and Wurlitzer.
Roland Corporation U.S. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion kits, digital recording equipment, amplifiers and audio processing devices such as: Fantom-X8, VK-8, RD-700, V-Drums, JC-Series amps and more. With over 25 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standards in music technology for the world to follow.
Founded in 1964, the 4,500-member Gospel Music Association (www.gospelmusic.org) is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the gospel through music. The GMA represents all styles of gospel music including contemporary pop, rock, urban gospel, praise & worship, Southern gospel, country and children’s gospel music. The GMA produces GMA’s Annual Music Awardsä, which recognizes achievement in all genres of gospel music, which will be held on April 28, 2004 in Nashville and will be televised one month later, on May 28, on UPN.