Gospel Music Associations in West Virginia
Southern gospel music and blue grass gospel music has been a tradition in the southern states for as long as most can remember. However, several gospel artists work on their own trying to book events and gain some recognition while fulfilling their hearts desire of performing. Gospel music associations offer these artist's and songwriters with support and encouragement and networking opportunities.
West Virginia Gospel Music Association
The West Virginia Gospel Music Association is comprised of solo singers, groups and churches that promote the style of gospel music. The WVGMA organizes concerts to be held throughout West Virginia to provide exposure to the artists that are members of the WVGMA. Churches or private organizations that would like to book a concert with a WVGMA artist can do so through the association. To become a member of the WVGMA an individual must me a licensed pastor, church, or singing group. Those who are interested in becoming a member must submit an application which will be reviewed and the applicant will be notified if they are approved.
Gospel artists who are local to West Virginia, regional and national artists comprise the KYOVA Gospel Music Association. The KYOVA association also promotes the works of southern and bluegrass gospel song writers as singers. The focus of KYOVA is to assist gospel music groups with booking events and promotion along with helping musicians to connect with each other and network. The KYOVA Gospel Music Association is overseen by a 12-member board of directors. Artists who would like to become members need to submit an application.
SWGMP has been in operation since 1995. The goal of the SWGMP is provide promotional opportunities for gospel music artists. With experience in working with clients of all sizes from local churches to booking artists for fairs, and festivals SWGMP knows how to promote a gospel music artist. The publication Concert Connection is published six times a year by SWGMP and contains the latest information about the gospel music industry.