Juliet Fletcher writes about the forthcoming Gospel Summit, one of the key industry events for the UK gospel music scene, which takes place in June
The Gospel Summit is back! From 13 to 14 June, hundreds of gospel singers, musicians, music producers, managers, promoters and media will gather for the only music industry business event designed specifically for those in UK gospel music.
The event, which launched the careers of Roger Samuels, NiCola Witter, Adelaide Mackenzie and helped many others, takes place at the UK’s premier intercultural arts centre – The Drum, at 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UU.
The theme for this year’s summit is ‘INDEPENDENTS’ BREAKTHROUGH – Increasing Your Ability to Succeed’. Come with your spirituality, and you will be made business-ready, rights-ready, marketing-ready and charts-ready! Guaranteed! How? Because the GMIA has gathered a list full of gospel and music industry experts; arranged specialist workshops, and has created new initiatives that will catapult the UK gospel industry into a visible and connected way of working.
Sounds really wonderful, but actually it’s quite serious. There are too many artists struggling unnecessarily. The Summit brings practical solutions at a low cost: £25 for a whole day of high-level expert help, or £35 all-inclusive for two days (Friday and Saturday). You will meet people and learn how to make effective use of music industry knowledge. #noexcuse
EVENT FEATURES – TRANSFORMATIVE INITIATIVES
The 2014 Summit has four key activities. Each activity has special features aimed at improving the UK Gospel scene, and helping Christians who seriously desire a music and/or ministry career.
Friday 13th, 12noon – 4pm:
GMIA Executive Board Luncheon
Church leaders and those involved in UK Gospel are specially invited to lunch and to discuss the future of UK Gospel. Sponsored by the Bible Society, it will feature a series of special presentations, including unveiling plans of the first internationally available songbook to contain the works of gospel songwriters and composers from the UK. Please let your church leader or music director/worship leader know. If you’ve written songs, attend the Summit Main Industry Day to learn more.
Friday 13th, 7.30pm – 10.30pm:
JUMP Music Video Awards
The JUMP Music Video Awards is the first ever event to recognise the increased role of videos in UK Gospel. There are award categories, including Best Foreign Language Music Video. It will be filmed for broadcast on OHTV (Sky Channel 199). For free submissions, visit www.jumprelease.com.
Saturday 14th, 9.30am – 4.30pm:
Main Industry Day Specialist Workshops and Industry Panels
Topics that will be covered during the day include: ‘How to set up and run your own artist-owned record label’; ‘How to get the best out of your online music distributor’; ‘How to make a quality music video for less’; ‘What is the right price for my ministry or performance?’; ‘Worship songs and copyright’; ‘Understanding how the gospel scene works’, and many others!
Industry and media experts, who will be sharing their wisdom and experience, include: Nicky Brown, Mercy B, Charles Koranteng, Noel Robinson, Ibe Giantkiller, Roy Francis, Yinka Awojobi, Vidal Juba, Kwaku, DJ Proclaima, Marlene Cato, Ibe Otah, Adetokunbo ‘T’ Oyelola, Roger Moore, Shabazz Graham and Linton Beckles.
Saturday 14th, 7.30pm – 10.30pm:
An exciting array of artists, performing in front of promoters, booking agents, managers and record label executives, with live audience, giving a ‘taster’ of their musical selections.
Gospel Summit-featured artists include: Faith Child, Lurine Cato, Isabella Melodies, Boma Diri, Watchman, Millicent Stephenson, Ricardo ‘Rocstarr’ Williams, Colin Anderson and the Town Hall Gospel Choir, Sandra Godley, Natty Josiah, Wole Awolola, Adelaide Mackenzie, Claudette Schlitter and British Gospel soulster, Junior Robinson – specially in from Sweden.
YOUR BREAKTHROUGH IS BUSINESS
Charles Koranteng is co-founder of the African Gospel Music Awards, which has supported the rise of many artists – like Sonnie Badu and Rebecca – and presents Hariba Africa on Premier Gospel Radio. Taking part as a gospel industry specialist, he states, “As much as we need the spiritual, we need to be aware of how systems work to make a bigger impact with our given talents and ministries.”
Everyone who attends will have shared table space for products; freedom to distribute their promotional material, and will feature in the Gospel Summit online directory.
Join the Gospel Music family from all parts of the UK. If you’re serious, and really want to be part of the BREAKTHROUGH, be there!
For further information, visit: www.gmia.org.uk, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the JUMP Music Video Awards, visit www.jumprelease.com or email: email@example.com. Call The Drum Box Office: 0121 333 2444 for special price Awards/Concert tickets – £8 in advance or £10 at the door.