GOSPEL MUSIC GAINS NEW FOOTHOLD IN MUSIC INDUSTRY

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Gospel Music Industry Alliance is pleased to announce that they have been made an Affiliate Member of the Association of Independent Music (AIM). It’s the first time that Gospel Music has been recognised within the Music industry in this way, and represents a landmark move for the many professionals and organisations that lead in this popular but seemingly unrecognised genre.

AIM - Association of Independent MusicAIM is a trade body established in 1999 to provide a collective voice for the UK’s independent music industry. AIM represents over 800 member companies, from the largest and most respected labels in the World, to small start-ups and individual artists releasing their own music for the first time. “This is the very reason why AIM is a great step forward for us”, says GMIA Executive and co-founder Juliet Fletcher. “The Gospel Music industry here is filled with independent Creatives – from artists to label-owners and other skilled personnel. We believe that this affiliation will provide an unprecedented opportunity for development of our industry”

The Gospel Music Industry Alliance was launched last year with the vision to inform, resource, promote and unite those who are actively involved within the sector. The music has grown in popularity over the past thirty years through exposure in the media and commercialism and now has a network of performance circuits, specialist radio, television, online channels, publications and public relations outlets.

More significantly over the past decade the genre has expanded in its fusion with other music forms – like reggae, ragga, rnb, and hip-hop, even neo-soul, that has helped it to gain a new respect with a youth market. Muyiwa became the first UK Gospel artists to sell out at the Hammersmith Apollo. Tagged as ‘Urban Gospel’ artists like Jahaziel, GuvnaB and Victizzle have become the new face of Gospel with recognition via UMA and MOBO wins. In addition to this the UK and US scene (worth over half a billion annually) are growing closer. Last year (independent record label) Zoe Gospel’s artists Lola Godheld won UK Gospel’s first major music awards at the US Dove’s (the Chrstian/Gospel equivalent of the Grammy’s).

James Farrelly, Membership Manager for AIM commented, “The independent music community continues to be the side of the music industry which dares to innovate, create and work together to develop an environment in which great music will thrive. As such, it is vital that AIM aligns itself with organisations who are working with genre specific labels and artists, such as GMIA. Rarely has the Gospel music scene been given a representative voice, and in GMIA the UK Gospel community will finally have a centralised and unified voice. AIM is proud to welcome GMIA as an affiliate member – a relationship we’re certain will allow the Gospel community to develop and grow.”

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EDITORS NOTES:

1. To arrange an interview or obtain further information about the GMIA please contact Juliet Fletcher on 020 81238014 or 07535 964 442. Email info@gmia.org.uk.

2. The GMIA is a new body forming a collective voice for Britain’s developing Gospel Music industry. Registration with GMIA is currently FREE and open to any who is actively involved or associated with the sector. If you would like to register or subscribe to the mailing list please request this by emailing info@gmia.org.uk or visit http://www.gmia.org.uk.

3. GMIA’s affiliate membership of AIM enables those who register with the GMIA to receive a 50% discount on AIM membership and access to all the benefits membership of AIM offers. AIM is the leading organisation for the independent music scene. Please visit www.musicindie.com for more information or contact James Farrelly, Membership Officer at AIM on 020 8994 5599 or email james.farrelly@indiemusic.com.

4. AIM is also one of the nine organisations that make up UK MUSIC. UK MUSIC is the umbrella organisation which represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry. The members of UK Music are: AIM, BASCA, BPI, MMF, MPA, MPG, MU, PPL and PRS for Music.

5. The 1980’s was tagged ‘The Golden Age of British Gospel’ when a number of choirs, bands and soloist were snapped out of their Black Church roots by record companies and groomed for making hit records. This includes the Inspirational Gospel Choir who with Ska group Madness scored a massive hit in 1983 with “Wings Of A Dove” reaching No.2 in the Charts. Virgin Music signed an unprecedented recording contract with female artists Lavine Hudson, an uncanny Whitney look-a-like who was followed later by the now legendary Mica Paris.

 

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