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GMA Signs with William Morris

GMA Signs With William Morris Agency The Gospel Music Association, the organization responsible for the annual Dove Awards, has just signed a multi-year exclusive agency agreement with the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, to represent the Dove Awards and all its television properties. GMA President and Dove Awards Executive Producer, Frank Breeden said, “Television is very much a relationship business. If we want to expose our awards show to all possible opportunities, we need a voice speaking for us…

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About Greg Seneff

Before law school, Greg spent almost nine years in the music business in various capacities including as a booking agent, road manager, disc jockey (WXLN-FM and WFIA-AM in Louisville, Kentucky), concert promoter, retail music buyer and Assistant Director of Media at Asbury Theological Seminary. Since law school Greg has worked as a solo-practitioner, served as the Director of Legal Affairs at Benson Music Group, and as the Director of Business Affairs at EMI Christian Music Group. Both record company positions…

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GMA’S Academy of Gospel Music Arts Popular Talent Competition & Seminar Return in Nashville

Wayne Kirkpatrick The Gospel Music Association’s Academy of Gospel Music Arts will host a regional conference in Nashville on November 17 and 18. The seminar will feature Rocketown artists Wayne Kirkpatrick, Billy Sprague and Gordon Kennedy, along with other industry experts, for two days of educational seminars and talent competition designed for aspiring Christian artists and songwriters. Reunion Records’ Michael W. Smith has also been confirmed to participate in the Academy’s Nashville seminar. The seminars and competitions are open to…

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Update:Roaring Lambs Course Offered to Christian Industry Executives, Artists & Staff. New dates & contact info provided

In response to increased interest, Barry Landis, vice president and general manager of Atlantic Records is announcing the formation of a course based on the renowned and best-selling book Roaring Lambs. The course will be held this fall in the conference room at Warner Bros. Records on Music Row, every other Tuesday from 5:00 pm.- 7:00 pm., October 24 through December 5. “For several years we have had a Roaring Lambs luncheon, where we invited the industry to take part…

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Jars of Clay on CNN World Beat

Multi-platinum selling Grammy and Dove Award winning band Jars of Clay recently taped a segment for an upcoming CNN World Beat special on Christian music, currently set to air nationwide and internationally in November. pictured (l-r) are: Chris Murphey, CNN World Beat reporter; and Matt Odmark and Dan Haseltine, Jars of Clay. The band was asked to participate in the program due to their tremendous appeal in the Christian and mainstream market: Jars of Clay recently celebrated career sales of…

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City On A Hill Captures No. 1 SoundScan Position

Multi-artist collaboration City On A Hill – Songs Of Worship And Praise has captured the No. 1 spot on the SoundScan Top Praise & Worship chart five weeks after its release. The Essential Records project, which features Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer, FFH, Caedmon’s Call, Third Day, The Choir, Gene Eugene, and SONICFLOOd with Peter Furler of the Newsboys, is currently enjoying its highest sales week yet, a rare accomplishment given its longevity on the market. Essential Records…

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Women in Christian Music

Toward the end of 1995 a new organization for women who work in Christian music began its first phase of growth when founder Kathryn E. Darden, publisher of Christian Activities Publications, began sharing her dream with other women in the music industry. A steering committee began meeting in March of 1996 to study the feasibility of such a group leading to the first WICM meeting on April 9, 1996. The first year’s meetings were oriented towards research and fellowship with…

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The future stars of Christian music just might be those named winners at this year’s Gospel Music Association Seminar in the Rockies in Estes Park, CO, held last month. With more than 500 hopefuls vying for $100,000 in prizes and a chance to be seen by the top executives in the industry, Seminar in the Rockies has become known for producing future top-selling artists each year. Additionally, GMA’s Academy of Gospel Music Arts (AGMA), which holds regional competitions across the…

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A VERSATILE GROUP of artists, producers and other music professionals were nominated for the 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. The simultaneous announcements were made on January 3 at press conferences held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza in Nashville. Brad Paisley, Trisha Yearwood and Rebecca St. James announced the Recording Academy?s nominees yesterday morning at the Nashville hotel. 25 artists from a wide array of musical genres garnered three or more nominations while…

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Malaco Christian Distribution would like to announce the following Grammy nominees for the year 2001: Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album: James Moore, Malaco Records, Family & Friends Dorothy Norwood, Malaco Records, Ole Rickety Bridge The Williams Brothers, Blackberry Records, The Concert Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album: Higher, Youth For Christ, Savoy Records, Produced by Reverend Milton Biggham & Troy Sneed Send Up The Praise, Malaco Records, University of Mississippi Gospel Choir Stellar Notes: Dorothy Norwood, James Moore, and The…

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