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Leading Music Industry Organization Honored for Work with Gospel and Christian Artists
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SoundExchange, the independent nonprofit digital performance rights organization that collects and distributes performance royalties from satellite radio, Internet radio and cable TV channels on behalf of recording artists and labels, was honored with an Impact Award at the 44th annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove awards in Nashville, Tennessee, last week at the Collins Theatre. The Impact Award is presented to an individual or organization that is not an artist, who has made a significant contribution to the gospel music industry. SoundExchange is being recognized for its mission to support, protect and propel the music industry forward and its contribution to the Christian and gospel music community.
"Gospel music and gospel artists are an important and ever-expanding part of the music industry. We are deeply honored to receive the Impact Award from the Gospel Music Association. We will continue to advocate on behalf of gospel artists, record labels and the creative community as a whole," said SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe.
"We would like to congratulate SoundExchange as a recipient of the 2013 Impact Award," said Jackie Patillo, executive director of the Gospel Music Association. "The Impact Award recognizes those organizations or non-artist individuals who had a positive influence on all genres of gospel music. The work SoundExchange does to protect the creative community and the value of their music cannot be overstated."
SoundExchange, which recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary, represents more than 90,000 artists and 28,000 rights owners and label accounts from every type of musical genre. In just a decade, SoundExchange has put more than $1.5 billion into music creators' pockets. In addition, SoundExchange now administers the statutory license for more than 2,000 digital music services that rely on it for the use of sound recordings.
About The Gospel Music Awards (GMA)
Founded in 1964, the GMA serves as the face and voice for the gospel and Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the gospel through music of all styles including pop, rock, praise & worship, black gospel, R&B, hip hop, southern gospel, country, and more. For more information, visit www.gospelmusic.org or www.facebook.com/gospelmusicassociation.
SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit performance rights organization representing the entire recorded music industry. The organization collects statutory royalties on behalf of recording artists and master rights owners for the use of their content from satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, created by Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the only entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties from more than 2,000 services. SoundExchange has paid out more than $1.5 billion in royalties since its inception. For more information, visit www.SoundExchange.com or www.facebook.com/SoundExchange.
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