A month in the past, when many UK gospel music and media influencers collectively met for the very first time,
it ended up being type of thrilling, and a nicely wanted ‘faces to names’
affair. One month on and with larger numbers (over seventy) and many
‘new faces’ within the collection assembly there was an excellent larger buzz.
There have been many questions that wanted answering. How can we
develop a greater infrastructure for the UK gospel music trade? What
alternatives can we share, improve and exploit? Which trade
weaknesses can we flip into strengths? What threats are there and the way do
we navigate them? After which the voices of specialists whispered: What group and certainly who can we entrust to oversee this development?
Ultimately, the final query can be the hardest of all – with
the suitable causes. A majority, if not all the influencers within the
room, believed that the gospel music scene because it stands is locked in a
kind of paralysis. This conviction served because the beginning place for our
follow-up assembly held final week Tuesday (ninth July 2019) at Premier
So with unity within the air, together with fifty-five music and media personalities that included Paulette Lengthy OBE, Karen Gibson (The Kingdom Choir), Muyiwa Olarewaju (TBN host/Premier Gospel Director), Bazil Meade MBE (LCGC), Roy Francis (Writer), Sandra Godley (UCB/BBC), Lurine Cato (MOBO winner), Marcia Dixon, Isaiah Raymond, Derick Tchie (Gospel Hydration) Dave P (UGN Jamz Radio) and Charles Koranteng (AGMMA) to say a couple of within the room and one other twenty-one on-line together with John Fisher (IDMC Choir), Lawrence Johnson (Sounds of New Wine), Adaeze Chiwoko (Unbound PR) Marcus Edwin (TruLife Promotions), Denis Wade (Wade Brothers); Gospel Music Trade Alliance (GMIA) Chief Government Juliet Fletcher
led her staff and offered their case as the prevailing physique mandated to
handle, coordinate and develop the UK gospel music trade affairs now
and sooner or later.
After two hours, punctuated by questions and solutions, the occasion
facilitators, O`Neil Dennis (of aStepFWD.com) and Adebayo Abimbola (of 7gospeltracks.com)
zeroed in on the subsequent greatest motion ahead and the case shifted up a
gear to voting for a brand new gospel music physique versus going with the
The result of this vote is yet-to-be-announced however at the least the
course of supplied a possibility for reflection and hopes to result in a
place the place each stakeholder throughout the UK gospel music trade is
For now, and in what some consult with as divine intervention, the
facilitators Dennis and Adebayo advised that the assembly and certainly
the UK scene mobilize behind GMIA, with an interim assembly deliberate with a
smaller group to sit down with the GMIA staff and thrash out a method ahead.
They might then report again to the primary group forward of the third and remaining
assembly within the collection on sixth August 2019.
The assembly was certainly historic and the end result considerably attention-grabbing
to say the least. In essence, the way forward for the UK scene is admittedly the
way forward for the a number of abilities inside and the organizations actively
working to useful resource it. On each counts, the longer term appears vibrant certainly
and by God, it truly is time for ‘Kingdom’ sense to prevail and for
robust management to step up and take us out of this wilderness.
One of many elders talked about that the subsequent 12 months 2020 will mark 40
years of British Gospel. The parallels with a well known bible story
in regards to the youngsters of Israel shouldn’t be missed.
Nonetheless, we appear to be turning a nook and are enthusiastic about it!