Gospel Music Workshop of America

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Gospel Music Workshop of America
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Background Information




Rev. James Cleveland
Albertina Walker




3908 W Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48210


(313) 898-6900




Founded in 1967 by Rev. James Cleveland and Albertina Walker, the Gospel Music Workshop of America, GMWA for short is an annual convention bringing together people who love gospel music from America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean including a wide range of many faiths.

The object of the association was to perpetuate, promote and advance the Christian ideal through the medium of music by joining together gospel choirs, choruses , singers songwriters throughout the US in a voluntary association for education, cooperation, promotion and the communication of ideas and ideals. The Gospel Music Workshop of America was incorporated in Detroit, Michigan.

The GMWA is the largest organization of its kind in the world with 75,000 members in more than 185 chapters in the U.S., United Kingdom, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Membership consists of professional and non-professional gospel vocalists, instrumentalists, composers, arrangers, didectors and producers. The first convention was held in Detroit in 1968 at King Solomon Baptist church where over 3,000 delegates attended.

The annual convention now held in July, attracts over 12,000 delegates. In addition to the delegates, 3,000 to 5,000 local gospel lovers attend the workshop and musical services that are held during the convention week. Each year during the week the National Mass Choir, consisting of vocalists from around the world, produces a new recording. There are also recordings produced by the GMWA Women of Worship, Men of Praise and the Youth Choir.

Approximately 75% of the recordings listed on Billboard Magazine's gospel charts are written, produced, arranged and/or performed by members of the GMWA.

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