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Gospel Music Association’s 6th Annual Music Training Experience, IMMERSE, in Nashville

immerseNow in its sixth year, IMMERSE, the Gospel Music Association’s music training experience, is quickly becoming the defining event for emerging artists, songwriters and worship leaders.  The event features reVIEWyou, a unique competition, designed to mentor new talent and provide participants with unparalleled prizes.  In addition, the conference has recently expanded its training with the help of LifeWay Christian Resources to include a worship leader track.

New for 2014, IMMERSE is honored to partner directly with LifeWay Christian Resources for the addition of worship leader training.  These sessions will work in tandem with the songwriter, artist and professional tracks to educate, encourage and inspire worship leaders directly.

To kick off the entire event with a focus on worship, incite recording artist Travis Cottrell will host a Sunday evening service sure to inspire and encourage all who attend.  In addition, Ed Stetzer, the President of LifeWay Research, host of The Exchange, contributing editor of Christianity Today and columnist for Outreach Magazine, has been confirmed as a morning keynote speaker.

“Part of our dream for IMMERSE is that it will serve not only artists but the church as a whole.  This worship track will enable us to give incredible training and resources not only people who are hoping to serve the Lord though music on a national scale but also to church leaders on a local scale as well,” says Jackie Patillo, Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association.

In addition, the reVIEWyou program continues to gain traction as a premiere opportunity to receive genuine feedback from top Christian music industry coaches.  Created to develop and provide a platform for undiscovered talent, reVIEWyou provides individualized assessments, personalized evaluations and feedback, and the opportunity for talent to showcase in front of top songwriters, managers, publishing and industry executives.

The reVIEWyou grand prize boasts a performance at NIGHT OF JOY at Walt Disney World, as well as a taping of a 30-minute episode of JUCE TV’s hit show 1 MUSIC DRIVE.  Awarded by a panel of judges at the competition, these two performances will be given to the top performer of the event, regardless of category.

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In addition to the exposure to performance judges and industry gatekeepers, participants can benefit from a variety of prizes being offered this year, some of the highlights include:

  • In-ear monitors from Advanced Ears.
  • Products from GHS Strings, Rocktron Guitar Pedals, and Nose Pedals.
  • Tickets to attend the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards in Nashville, TN.
  • Artist support, such as headshots by Brenda McClearen Design Studio, Tom Jackson Performance Training DVDs, wardrobe consulting, biographies and press releases written by Biscuit Media Group.
  • Meetings with top industry professionals in management (168 Management), vocal training sessions with Jeff Mathena Studios, meetings and co-writing opportunities with Nashville songwriters, publishing meeting with Daywind Music Publishing, Integrity Music Publishing, Capitol CMG Publishing and Centricity Music Publishing.
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