The 47th Annual National Convention was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 25-August 1, 2015. Thousands were in attendance attending workshops, nightly musicals, classes galore, showcases and networking with the gospel music industry. The GMWA was founded by the late Rev. James Cleveland. His vision and mission was to provide ha a platform where fledgling artists, young and old, could come together, perform, study and preserve the rich heritage of gospel music.
The organization has grown tremendously to include local, national, and international membership and participants. Bishop Albert Jamison, Sr. is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. There are many divisions of the workshop that come together for this powerful experience.
They are encouraged to carry this information back to their respective jurisdictions to share with their churches and organizations.
Some of the departments and divisions are Academic, Evangelistic, Quartet, Youth and Young Adult Divisions, Liturgical Dance and Drama, Daily Bread (Renowned Sermonic Sessions), Recording Industry Showcases, Gospel Recordings/Mass Choir, Solo Artists, Exhibits, Men and Women’s Recordings, and much. Chapter Representatives and Assistants from across the country play a major role in support and guidance of the GMWA.
See www.gmwanational.org for detailed information. The Workshop’s Board and Planning meeting convenes in March of each year to plan for the Annual Conference during the summer.
Collegiate Night, “Gospel Goes to College” is held during the Board Meeting, Dr. Joan Hillsman, National Collegiate Chair, Dr. Kevin Bond, Co-Chair. Colleges and universities come together to perform, fellowship, and share their gospel repertoire.
The GMWA collaborate and partner with Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar, Thomas A. Dorsey Convention and most recently The Stellar Awards. Bishop Jamison states that “We are better together than apart!
Become a member and get involved. Yes, it’s true, stated Board Member, Dr. Kevin Bond, “GMWA Rocks”! Come join us!