The Gospel Music Association will hold its sixth annual IMMERSE conference from June 22 – 25, 2014. Held in conjunction with LifeWay’s Christian Resources, this year’s event will be held at LifeWay’s 21-acre corporate headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.
IMMERSE connects aspiring singers, musicians, songwriters, and other music industry hopefuls with successful artists and industry leaders for four days of classes, concerts, and competitions. IMMERSE has replaced the Gospel Music Association’s Seminar in the Rockies as its premier event for mentoring and encouraging new talent. Seminar in the Rockies helped launch the careers of notable contemporary Christian music artists, including Matthew West, Point of Grace, and BarlowGirl, among others.
“We’re seeing an incredible response already in our registrations and are excited about expanding how IMMERSE serves these young creatives and, ultimately, our industry in the years ahead,” says Jackie Patillo, Executive Director of the GMA in a press release.
Instructional opportunities include seminars related to the music business, leading worship, and songwriting, all led by executives of some of the Christian music industry’s top record labels, artist management firms, and legal experts.
The announced artist line-up for IMMERSE 2014 is impressive, including Bart Millard of the award-winning band Mercy Me, American Idol Season 8 third-place finisher Danny Gokey, and Gotee recording artist Jamie Grace.
A special Monday night concert features Dove Award nominated Capital Kings, along with Jonathan McReynolds, Red Roots, and comedian Bone Hampton.
The IMMERSE 2014 schedule includes the return of reVIEWyou, a competition that provides mentoring opportunities as industry insiders scout for new talent. ReVIEWyou is a separately priced element, and entrants must be 13 years of age or older to compete.
tRegistration is now open at ExperienceIMMERSE.com. Registration is $199. A meal plan is available for $60, which covers lunches on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Discounted rates are available for IMMERSE 2014 participants at Hampton Inn and Suites and Homewood Suites in Nashville. Reservations can be made through the IMMERSE website.