Industry News: May

Integrity Label Group Announces Release of “Living For You,”
Integrity Label Group announces the international release of “Living For You,” a live album featuring new music from Texas-based Gateway Church. The CD, a bonus DVD and companion worship resources will be available in Christian retail stores beginning July 11. “Living For You” features 13 original songs from Gateway writers including Worship Pastor Thomas Miller, Assistant Worship Leader Kari Jobe and others involved in the church’s worship and creative arts programs. The bonus DVD, which is included within the CD packaging, contains five, live worship videos from the recording along with lyrics and PDF chord charts, desktop images and a link to download additional, free songs. The companion resources for “Living For You” include a songbook, CD ROM songbook, orchestration and CD trax.
5/24/6 Christian Activities Publications Signs Deal with Westview Publishing
Christian Activities Publications has joined forces with Westview Publishing to help unpublished Christian authors bring their books to fruition. Through Westview’s relationship with book sellers like, Barnes and Noble, and Books A Million, and through Christian Activities’ contacts in the Christian community, authors will now have the opportunity to be published and marketed in both the secular and Christian communities for affordable rates. More at Christian Activities Publications Joins Forces with Westview Publishing.
5/27/6 Salem Acquires American Ministry Resources LLC
Salem Communications announced late last week it has agreed to acquire American Ministry Resources LLC, the owner of Preaching magazine, its companion Web properties,,,, and the National Conference on Preaching, an annual conference for pastors and clergy. Salem is acquiring AMR from Dr. Michael Duduit, editor of Preaching magazine. Dr. Duduit will join the staff of Salem Publishing, maintaining his editor role.
5/22/6 Songwriters Capital Gains Tax Equity Act Passes
Greg Seneff reports that the Songwriters Capital Gains Tax Equity Act passed both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as part of the Tax Reconciliation Act of 2005. The new legislation was signed into law on May 17, 2006. This legislation gives individual songwriters the same capital gains opportunities currently enjoyed by all other property owners. When the Songwriters Capital Gains Tax Equity Act takes effect on January 1, 2007, a songwriter who sells the rights to his/her song catalog will pay a 15% tax to the government on the sale of that catalog rather than 40% in taxes which was previously assessed. Music publishers may now amortize investments they make in music creators.
5/1/6 Christian Associations Back Copyright Reform
The Gospel Music Assoc. (GMA), Church Music Publishers Assoc. (CMPA) and Christian Music Trade Assoc. (CMTA) announced support of new bi-partisan Senate legislation that will change current copyright law to ensure equity by requiring satellite services to comply with the same laws as Internet music services. On behalf of the GMA, CMPA, and CMTA, John Styll said, “Our organizations are supportive of the reforms proposed by Senators Feinstein, Graham, and Majority Leader Frist because they update the law in order to extend protections for music rights-holders in this new digital environment.”
Word Announces Promotions

Word Label Group promoted James Riley from national promotion manager to national promotion director and Jeremy Holley from national promotion coordinator to touring & event promotion manager. Word Distribution promoted Laura Neutzling from sr. marketing director to marketing VP, Rodney Bowen from marketing director to senior marketing director, and Kevin Hyer from telesales to a new role as international manager.
Groeneveld Appointed Vice President, Integrity International Group
Integrity Media and GMI Music announce the recent appointment of Mr. Hans Groeneveld to the position of Vice President, Africa, UK and Europe.
In this role, Groeneveld is responsible for Integrity’s sales and operations in these regions and will report directly to Mr. Keith Manwaring, President of Integrity International Group.
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