GMIA x AYM Press Release

Gospel Music Industry Alliance have partnered with Awards for Young Musicians and Lewisham Music to host a gospel music workshop for young musicians in Lewisham.

Gospel Music Industry Alliance (GMIA) and Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) are excited to announce their new partnership by hosting a gospel music workshop for young musicians accessing Lewisham Music. The workshop is designed to introduce gospel music and vocals to young musicians and composers, exploring the adaptability of gospel music across other genres.

The workshop has inclusion at its heart and AYM’s involvement supports GMIA’s ambition to engage musicians of all ages. Introducing some participants to the gospel genre for the first time. The first gospel taster day will be hosted by AYM partners, Lewisham Music, at their music centre above The Fellowship and Star in Lewisham on Saturday 25 March, from 11am – 4pm. The workshop will be facilitated by musicians from The Spirituals Choir. Young musicians from AYM’s and Lewisham Music’s programmes will be invited to attend.

The CEO of GMIA, Audrey Gray said, “It’s exciting to provide musician diversity to all those attending some will have prior lived experience and others will be learning about Gospel for the first time.”

Hester Cockcroft, CEO of AYM said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the GMIA and Lewisham Music on this exciting day of music making, the first event in what we hope will be a long-term collaboration on this exciting musical genre.”

For more information about the workshop and how to participate, please contact Lewisham Music: | Website


Notes to editors:

GMIA – working with like-minded organisations to deliver Gospel music education, workshops, and music heritage is key to developing the recognition and commercial viability of gospel music in the UK. For more information about the work we doing in this area Website or contact us to discuss partnerships at email: 

About Awards for Young Musicians

Musical talent is everywhere but opportunity isn’t: family finances and other obstacles too often get in the way. AYM is here to change this in two key ways. By:

  • Supporting young musicians from low income families, with funding and other help
  • Supporting music education through training, advocacy and research.

This combination creates real impact. 

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About The Spirituals Choir

The Spirituals were formed in October 2020 by music artist and Creative Director, Junior Garr, The Spirituals have already released 2 EP’s featured on televised performances which were filmed in the likes of Lambeth Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and hosting their own 2022 Christmas Concert at the iconic Union Chapel.

Entering into their niche, the spirituals began by reimagining spiritual anthems for the black history project. the single from this EP “Wade in the Water” has gained millions of views worldwide on youtube and has led the way for future projects and reimagined songs.

Visit their website here

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