Industry News: September



ChristianTrade Assoc. Intl.’s Marketsquare Asia 2008 Breaks Records
With a 43% increase in attendance across the Hong Kong and Seoul venues, Marketsquare Asia 2008 proved itself a valuable event for suppliers who want to impact the Asian market. Publisher participation grew 63% in Korea alone; nearly 100 from mainland China joined the convention in Hong Kong. Twenty-four American publishers conducted business with their Korean partners in Seoul. New attendance records also were set in Hong Kong.
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9/5/08 Christian Activities Network Now on Ning
Christian Activities has created a network on Ning where Christian entertainers, musicians, authors, radio personalities, comedians, and fans can network to discuss Christian entertainment and personalities.
VeggieTales®: Holiday Pack
Big Idea delivers veggie-cheer to the entire family this Christmas with the VeggieTales®: Holiday Pack! Together for the first time in one collectible package, two of the most beloved and best selling VeggieTales holiday classics on DVD, The Toy That Saved Christmas and The Star of Christmas, are combined with perennial music favorites The Incredible Singing Christmas Tree and A Very Veggie Christmas on CD. Featuring two timeless Christmas stories, 29 songs and over two hours of festive fun, the VeggieTales®: Holiday Pack is an exceptional value priced at $24.99 SRP and is available October 7 in the Christian retail market through Word Distribution and in the general market through Genius Products.
9/3/8 Christian Activities Now on
Christian Activities is now “broadcasting” on If you would like to hear some of our favorite music, past and present, visit us at We have 26 tunes up already and will be adding more. You can also find us on the Christian social networks, at ZoeCity at Christian Activities Group at ZoeCity, and on Xianz atChristian Activities Group at Xianz. Christian Activities is also now on Facebook as both a group and a page. To discuss Christian music, personalities, entertainment, books and other topics on Facebook, join theChristian Activities Group or theChristian Activities Page. Better yet, if you are on Facebook, join BOTH! You can follow us on Twitter at ChristianActs. And we are on MySpace at Christian Activities on MySpace
9/2/8 National Gospel Music Heritage Month
September marks America’s first-ever National Gospel Music Heritage Month, so-designated by House of Representatives (H.Con. Res. 370) and Senate (S. Res. 595) in resolutions passed this summer. The dual legislation proclaims September 2008 as Gospel Music Heritage Month, honoring gospel music for its valuable long-standing contributions to American culture. The initiative was created by Gospel Music Channel, the country’s first and only television network devoted to all forms of Gospel/Christian music, with support from The Recording Academy® and the Gospel Music Association.

9/1/8 How to Promote Your Book on a Shoestring Budget Inks Deal with NovelMaker
How to Promote Your Book on a Shoestring Budget, the book and workbook for authors who are self-publishing books, has signed an agreement with NovelMaker to print and distribute the book. Written by Christian Activities publisher, Kathryn E. Darden, the book will be available in September. Check out the Promote Your Books website for frequent updates.
Original Soundtrack to the Billy Graham Biopic,Billy: The Early Years, Set for Release on October 7 with Film Opening October 10
Some of music’s most respected artists, including Brooks & Dunn with Third Day’s Mac Powell, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Roy Orbison, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, and Josh Turner, join together in tribute to one of the world’s most admired men, the Reverend Billy Graham, for the October 7 release of Billy: The Early Years, the original motion picture soundtrack to the film opening on October 10. A 13-track collection spotlighting artists from the worlds of gospel and contemporary Christian music, country music and beyond, the soundtrack thoroughly captures the mood and spirit of the film’s portrait of Graham’s early life and ministry.
ISC Announces Judges
A total of 55 high-profile music icons and industry executives will judge the 2008 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). This year’s judges include Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Tom Waits, Ray Davies (The Kinks), Ricky Martin, McCoy Tyner, T-Pain, Loretta Lynn, Chaka Khan, Robert Smith (The Cure), and many more. ISC offers songwriters the opportunity to have their music listened to by some of the most high-profile celebrities and industry executives in the music arena. ISC also offers recognition, exposure, and prizes (more than $150,000 in cash and prizes will be shared among the 62 winners in 20 categories – including an overall Grand Prize of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in prizes). ISC accepts original songs from musicians, artists, bands, and songwriters at every level – from amateur to professional.

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