The newly formed Directorship of Gospel Music Industry Alliance – GMIA – is easing out of lockdown ready to launch a new era in developing systematic changes within the British Gospel Music scene.
Following an intensive period of analysis and deliberation, the Executive leaders are launching the first phase of its new strategy to unite and engage practitioners at every level so that together, the industry can move into a position of strength in responding to the increased challenges of today’s marketplace.
As a consequence, the Board is pleased to announce that to lead the governance of the organisation they have chosen Tolu Adepegba as the new Chair of GMIA. The role involves leading on ensuring the vision and mission remains on track and helping the Executive to make decisive decisions. Tolu said of her appointment, “I’m very pleased to be entrusted in this role. There is a lot to be achieved, fortunately we have a good Executive team and there are a lot of impassioned people who not only want to see change but will work hard to ensure it happens”.
A new Director has also recently joined the leadership team: respected Music Architect, Goziam Okogwu. Goziam is renowned for excellence in his many live and studio projects and has worked with notable worship leaders such as Noel Robinson, Nathaniel Bassey and most recently, Donnie McClurkin on his Live in London album. Of his appointment, Goziam expressed: “I’m very passionate that the standard of Gospel music produced in the UK be the very best and I believe that we must have an industry that provides the necessary support for all concerned. I bring my passion, commitment and excellence to this position which, with God’s help, I am honoured to do”.
The Executive Board have also decided upon the following :
1. Immediate redevelopment of the six regional hubs for networking and forming partnerships to identify, generate activity that meet the needs in regional/local areas. The current regional Coordinators will be key in gathering an active team who are driven to see change.
2. Immediate implementation of an educational resource bank which is accessible through various on and offline streams covering a wide range of subjects based on the feedback from the regions during the 2019 Gospel Action Group outreach. GMIA will draw on experts and the experienced as well as organisations like Tileyard Music Education to provide materials. Additionally, regular online meet-ups and industry standard learning courses will be tailored for our scene.
3. The launch of a downloadable GMIA App, available for android and IOS devices. The main purpose is to enable a visible and tangible 24/7 connection and communication between all aspects of those new and established operating in the field. The app will enable real time notifications on matters in the industry and will be linked to the GMIA website which will be refreshed with an interactive Directory.
Tolu Adepegba commented: these changes may seem small but the effects should be felt within a relatively short period of time, so that people will get a real sense that we are a connected community, it’s not difficult to get your voice to be heard and some needs are being met. Our next steps include finding a new Chief Executive and applying for funding to support projects.