Gospel Music Association of Australia and New Zealand

The Australian Gospel Music Festival (AGMF 06) this Easter hosts a meeting to form the Gospel Music Association of Australia and New Zealand (GMA-ANZ).

The organisation will act as a peak body to help grow Christian music throughout Australasia.
Convener, Isaac Moody says the proposed organisation aims to:
? • Provide an environment for maximum growth and penetration of the marketplace for music related products and services which creatively and faithfully communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Australia and NZ.
? • Enhance and broaden a positive image of Christian music through heightened awareness and a business climate and culture typified by Godly wisdom and innovation.
? • Increase the value and quality of product by setting standards for sonics, style and substance, as well as recognising excellence and encouraging standards of integrity, accountability, and stability.
? • Increase Christian music?s influence and broad acceptance within both the church at large and the mainstream community.
? • Provide representation to industry groups on behalf of the Christian music sector. Advocate for investment, development, and protection of Christian music by enhancing and supporting the work of all organisations whose intent is to grow and participate in any area of Christian music in Australian and New Zealand. • Provide opportunities for the ongoing education of those involved in the industry.
The steering committee, comprising Mark Zschech, Anton Bekker, Mark de Jong, Mark Freeman, and Isaac Moody, has been working on the proposal to form an Australasian gospel music association, affiliated with GMA in the United States since GMA Week last year.
?This is an exciting time for everyone associated with Christian music throughout Australasia because an organisation like GMA-ANZ is all about growing Christian music,? Isaac says.
?It will be fantastic for artists, retailers, publishers, promoters, labels, wholesalers, and media, because this will be one of the first times that people from across the entire sector will come together with the common purpose to grow Christian music,? Isaac explains.
The inaugural GMA-ANZ meeting will be held the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba from 10AM-4PM on Easter Monday 17 April 2006, the day following AGMF 06.
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