THE GOSPEL MUSIC INDUSTRY ROUNDUP ENTERS 19TH YEAR AS THE INDUSTRY’S TOP RESOURCE BOOK
Record companies strive to have their artists on its cover. Those like Dr. Bobby Jones and Al “the Bishop” Hobbs say they don’t leave home without it and gospel execs refer it to people trying to break into the industry.
“There is no better source of reference. It’s a must for anyone who has any interest in the gospel music industry and needs to develop relationships or get contact information,” said Bobby Jones of the book dubbed “the Bible of the gospel music industry”.
With over a thousand listings updated annually, “The Gospel Music Roundup” is the top resource for information on the business of gospel, from exposure and where to find it to gospel’s top 100 artists, the church con- nection, the gospel network and an annual music countdown. More people rely on “The Round-Up” for what’s going on in the gospel industry than any other publication in the world.
Artists like Vickie Winans, Kirk Franklin. Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Byron Cage and Kurt Carr find it invaluable as well.
Said Kurt Carr, “With so many incredible artists out there, it has been an incredible honor to have been fea- tured on the cover in past years.”
It was in 1993 that “the Roundup” made its industry debut after its author, Lisa Collins—then gospel editor at Billboard Magazine and the current publisher of the Los Angeles-based community newspaper, L.A. Focus—discovered an absence of publications looking at the who’s who and inner workings of the gospel music industry.
“The idea was a natural when I discovered that there was no such publication available at the time,” said Collins. “And I figured that I probably wasn’t the only one who needed it.”
And she was right. From gospel executives to radio announcers, artists and those looking to break into the gospel industry, “the roundup” has proven to be an invaluable resource. What’s more, advertising opportunities provided thousands with exposure to the latest products, information and artists.
Highlights of the book include:
●Latest industry statistics and sales
● “The Hot 100;” Gospel’s hottest artists
● Gospel record labels, radio stations, retail outlets & key churches
● Top producers, songwriters & choirs
● Management & booking contacts
● Key events
● A look at gospel’s power brokers
● Insight from top gospel stars
● Tips on breaking in