The countdown is on for the IMMERSE - the Gospel Music Association's sixth annual conference for developing artists, songwriters and worship leaders. Scheduled for June 22-25, 2014, the 4-day event will be held at the LifeWay Christian Resources corporate headquarters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
Made up of classes, concerts, mentoring, competitions and networking events, IMMERSE sets out to equip attendees to take the next step in an environment of excellence and encouragement. Staying true to the Gospel Music Association’s mission to "expose, promote and celebrate the Gospel through music," IMMERSE wants to "inspire creativity, foster community and advance education, while keeping its focus solely on Christ."
Programming for the 2014 event, as always, will include classes and seminars in music business, worship leading, songwriting and artist development, all taught by industry leaders from companies like Capital Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group, Word Entertainment, eOne Entertainment, True Artist Management and LifeWay Worship. The successful reVIEWyou program that combines mentoring with a songwriting and performance competition will also return to help shape and scout emerging talent.
The line-up of artists, speakers, coaches and judges is impressive, to say the least.
Shelly E. Johnson
Bart Millard from MercyMe
Blaine Barcus (President Label Group/Sony Music)
Cindy Wilt Colville
Devon Devries (Creative Manager for Essential Music Publishing / Sony ATV)
Jackie Patillo (Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association)
John Thompson (Capitol CMG Music Publishing)
Ony Danchimah (CEO of Ony Beauty)
Paul Wright III (360 Music Works)
Rod Riley (CEO of Word Entertainment)
Roger Ryan (After Touch Music)
Sheree Spoltore (Global Songwriters Connection)
Sue C. Smith
Tim Gerst (Sr. Director of Digital Strategies at HitShop Records)
Timothy Trudeau (CEO of Quality Junk)
Coaches & Judges:
Paul Wright III
Sue C. Smith