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Washington, D.C. –Independent Gospel Artists are becoming a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. The Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Conference is taking the lead in providing these gifted artists with the information they need to be successful.  The brainchild of Stellar Award Winner Phillip Carter and Stellar Award Nominee Earl Bynum, the 3rd Annual Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Conference, taking place in Chesapeake, VA from July 19 – 21, 2012, was founded to empower, educate and motivate gospel artists.  

In addition, this year’s conference will award two indie artists distribution deals with New Day Christian Distribution and Central South Distribution.

The submission process begins on Monday, February 6, 2012.  Artists interested in submitting their completed projects for consideration must first register for the conference by going to  Entrants must submit a full CD (no less than 10 tracks) in an MP3 format.  The project must include final CD artwork and be submitted (with a marketing plan) via email to by April 15, 2012.  Finalists will be asked to submit two physical copies of their CD which will be reviewed by an independent panel.  The distribution contracts will be awarded during the Gospel Blue MIC Achievement Awards on Friday, July 20, 2012 at the conference venue, “The Mount” in Chesapeake, VA.  Additional details can be found at

Featuring 3 power-packed days of workshops and seminars, this year’s conference will tackle topics such as Distribution, Marketing, The Power of Publicity, Structuring Contracts, Licensing & Royalties, Small Business Set-up, Independent Label Operations, Artist Management, Radio Relationships, Promotional CD/Artwork Design and Performance Do’s and Don’ts.  The conference will also feature CD Project Reviews, Nightly Showcases, the 2nd Annual Gospel Blue MIC Achievement Awards and more.

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