National Conference 2023

"The New Culture of Collaboration"

The Gospel Industry Network 2023
National Conference
July 23-26, 2023


*Schedule Subject To Change*

Sunday, July 23

5:00pm -8:00pm        Taste of Virginia 
                                     Affiliate Leaders Meet, Greet and Network
                                     Special Music Presentations from RVA Music Creatives and Hampton Roads
                                     Heavy hors d’oeuvres (Virginia Tasting Stations)
                                     Sparkling Apple Cider Toast to Kick Off the Week
                                              HOST Emcees: Earl Bynum & The Belle

Monday, July 24

8:00am                              Registration
                                      VIP Wellness Lounge Open – Main Salon C
9:00am                              GIN Morning Session
10:00am – 10:30am     General Session: The Present State of Gospel!
                                      Moderator: Earl Bynum
                                      Guest Commentary: Chris Squire, Canton Jones, Tracy Bethea, Michael Boykin, Liz Black
10:35am – 10:45am    G.I.N.  “Music Ministry Moment” 
11:00am – 12:00pm      The Rehearsal
                                      Director: Minister Earl Bynum and Bishop Kenneth Wells
11:00am – 12:00pm      The Anatomy of a Great Artist: Have we changed the meaning of “Gospel Artist”
                                      Moderators: Eboni Funderburk
                                      Panelists: Canton Jones, Nancy Jackson Johnson, Lee Walker, Emcee N.I.C.E., Lucinda Moore
11:00am – 12:00pm    Next Media:  Creating A Career Of Longevity As A Radio Announcer,
                                                                         TV Host and Influencers from Internet, podcasts,
                                                                         streaming platforms, and YouTube channels.

                                     Moderator: Tracy Bethea
                                     Panelists: Tonya Rivens, Liz Black, Sheilah Belle 
11:00am – 12:00pm    MASTER CLASS – The Bold & The Branded: Expand Your Brand Outside
                                                                                  the Gospel Box, connect with corporate entities
                                                                                  and organizations. Leverage mainstream music.

                                     Moderators: Benita Bellamy Kelley, Ron Briggs 
12:15pm – 1:30pm        The GIN Monday Luncheon (VIP Invitation Only)
2:00pm – 3:00pm       The Rehearsal
                                      Directors: Minister Earl Bynum and Bishop Kenneth Wells 
2:00pm – 3:00pm       Get the Gig, Keep the Gig! How to make yourself more marketable in today’s
                                              post pandemic climate. How to find work and GET PAID.

                                      Moderator: April Chandler
2:00pm – 3:00pm        Impacting Radio, Digital Outlets & Retail (Radio Play to Radio Sales)
                                      Moderator: Emcee N.I.C.E
                                      Panelist: Michael Chandler, Canton Jones, Norman Hutchins, Brett Keller, Neily Dickerson
2:00pm – 3:00pm        The Choir and Minister of Music: How to Present New Music,
                                               Manage Your Musicians, Perfect Stage Presence, Make Your Rehearsals Count
                                               and Build Relationships

                                      Moderator: Josh Bracey
                                      PanelistMichelle Lightfoot, Dwight Moment, Chris Byrd, Harold Booker, Eddie Baltrip
3:05pm – 3:35pm        GENERAL SESSION:  Wrap Up and Monday Night Over view
 6:00pm – 8:30pm       The G.I.N. Signature Fashion Show “SHADES OF ROYALTY”  
8:30pm – 10:00pm       GIN AFTER PARTY with host Canton Jones 

Tuesday, July 25

8:00am                               Registration
                                        VIP Wellness Lounge Open

9:00am                                Morning Meeting     Main Ballroom D & E

10:00am – 11:30am        The Rehearsal
                                        Director: Minister Earl Bynum and Bishop Kenneth Wells
10:00am – 11:30pm        Shoot Your Best Shot on Key or Pitch Your Best Song To A&R and Record Label Reps.
                                        (Only 20 slots available)
                                        Moderator: Sheilah Belle
                                        Panelists: Bryant Scott, Sidney Scott, Norman Hutchins, Liz Black
10:00am – 11:30am       CCM And Gospel Music: Can Your Music appeal to both audiences?
                                        Moderators: Jesse Wood, Benita Bellamy Kelley, Terrance Howell
10:00am – 11:30am       Prioritizing Relationships, Love & Career!  How to Balance It All
                                       Moderator: Rosalind Jones
                                       Panelist: Shervonne Wells, Mike & April Chandler, Ramona Jones, Danny Pledger
12:00pm – 1:30pm        *VIP GIN Tuesday Lunch – Sponsored by L’rae Entertainment
2:00pm – 3:00pm         The Rehearsal Director: Minister Earl Bynum and Bishop Kenneth Wells
2:00pm – 3:00pm         MONEY WISE in 2023 
2:00pm – 3:00pm         From a Producers Perspective: How to Make a Hit
                                       Panelist: Greg Mitchell, Garland “Miche” Waller, Leonard Thompson,
                                       Vickie Mack, Mark Ballard
2:00pm – 3:00pm         Quartet Gospel: How to Stay Relevant in a Gen X World
                                       Moderator: Connie Birth
                                       Panelists: Thomas Alexander, Michael Boykin, Melvin Stackhouse
3:00pm – 3:20pm         GENERAL SESSION:  Wrap Up Tuesday 
3:25pm – 3:35pm         G.I.N.  “Music Ministry Moment”
7:00pm – 9:00pm         On Stage with Earl Bynum TV Recording
                                       Location: The Mount, 215 Las Gaviotas Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23322

Wednesday, July 26

8:00am                              Registration
                                      VIP Wellness Lounge Open
9:00am                              Morning General Session  
10:00am – 11:45am      The Rehearsal
                                       Director: Minister Earl Bynum and Bishop Kenneth Wells

                                                GIN “U” 

10:00am – 10:45am      Learn Different Genres: Traditional, Urban, Quartet, Hip Hop, Praise & Worship and The Choir 
                                        Facilitator: Canton Jones
10:00am – 10:45am      Music Business 101:  Understanding what it takes to get into the business
                                                 as an Artists, Manager, Executive, Producer, Etc.

                                        Facilitators: Emcee Nice, C Goss
10:00am – 10:45              Understanding Publishing, Royalties and Points
                                        Facilitator: The Voice
11:00am – 10:45am       MASTER CLASS: How To Make Beats Using The Latest Software and Equipment 
11:00am – 11:45am        What Does Church and Church Music Sound Like to Kids (KID PANEL)
                                        Moderator: Canton Jones

11:00am – 11:45am       Moments of Goodness and Wisdom from our Seasoned Saints
                                       Facilitator: Joyce Logan
                                       Panelists: Lemmie Battle, Willie Jones
12:00pm – 1:30pm         Luncheon (Invitation Only)
2:00pm                               GENERAL SESSION:  Wrap Up Session 
5:00pm – 8:00pm         The GIN Concert Experience
                                       Host Emcees: Earl Bynum, The Belle, Liz Black, Tracy Bethea

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