GMC Leads 'Gospel Music Heritage Month' Initiative
June 19, 2008 at 11:13 AM (PT)
The GOSPEL MUSIC CHANNEL (GMC) has joined with Senator BLANCHE L. LINCOLN (D-AR), Senator KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON (R-TX), Senator PATRICK LEAHY (D-VT), Congresswoman SHEILA JACKSON LEE (D-TX), Congresswoman MARY BONO MACK (R-CA) and THE RECORDING ACADEMY to launch the "Gospel Music Heritage Month" initiative.
The legislation in the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (H.Con. Res. 370) and the SENATE (S. Res. 595) designates SEPTEMBER 2008 as "Gospel Music Heritage Month," honoring gospel music for its valuable long-standing contributions to American culture. The initiative was created by GMC. The initiative was publicly unveiled at THE RECORDING ACADEMY's GRAMMYS ON THE HILL event at the U.S. CAPITOL on JUNE 18th.
"In addition to its contribution to AMERICAN music, Gospel music has provided the cultural and musical backdrop across all of mainstream media including art, books, television and motion pictures. It is infused in the DNA of our entire society and a month to recognize its importance and vast contributions to our country is long overdue," said HUTCHISON.
"Gospel music is an important AMERICAN legacy and continues to play a significant role of the lives of millions. It is appropriate to honor the countless contributions Gospel music has made to our society," said LEAHY.