Gospel Music Association [GMA]
- Jonas Westover
US organization formed in 1964 to promote and support Gospel music. As of 2011, the Gospel Music Association (GMA) comprises more than 4000 members, including performers, agents, church leaders, managers, retailers, and songwriters, among others. The association organizes the annual Dove Awards. Established in 1969 and held in Nashville, Tennessee, the Doves present a variety of awards across categories ranging from traditional gospel forms to those incorporating elements of rock and hip hop. The Awards occasionally have been a site of controversy within the gospel community, such as in 1998 when both Amy Grant and Sixpence None the Richer were deemed too secular by some in the organization. The GMA also has developed a “Music Week” in Nashville that acts as a convention (including seminars and meetings), a concert series, and a buildup to the Doves. In 1971, the GMA also introduced and administers its Gospel Hall of Fame, which serves to honor legendary gospel music artists....