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44th Annual GMA Dove Awards to Take Place this Fall for First Time in History

Dove-Logo-2013The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today the return of the legendary GMA Dove Awards to Music City for its 44th year of honors. For the first time in Dove Awards history, Gospel music’s biggest night will take place in the fall. This year’s show is on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 8 p.m. EDT, at Nashville’s historic Lipscomb University Allen Arena and will be nationally televised on GMC TV.

The bold move from spring to fall was an intentional shift by the Gospel Music Association to make this year’s esteemed event an unforgettable celebration of the message and artistry that defines the Gospel/Christian genre leading into the industry’s most significant retail sales season.

“The GMA Dove Awards has a tradition of bringing our music community together to celebrate God’s goodness as a family and raising awareness for Christian and Gospel music,” says GMA Executive Director Jackie Patillo.  The memorable evening will celebrate the impact Gospel music is making in the lives of countless listeners around the world through story and song.

“This year we will not only pay tribute to the music and its makers, but we will shine a light on those who have experienced the music as a lifeline,” says Patillo.

The city of Nashville is thrilled to see the prestigious awards show return to Music City, the hub of Gospel/Christian music.

“The Christian and Gospel music industry plays an important role in the energy of our city’s music scene, and, as Music City, we are proud to welcome the Dove Awards back to Nashville,” Mayor Karl Dean says.

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Visit to learn more about the GMA’s mission, along with details on member benefits and application information. Tickets for the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards will go on-sale to the public June 7, 2013. To view eligibility period and entry details, visit For all other GMA Dove Awards information, visit

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