Filling In The GAP

A group of gospel music industry members have formed the Gospel Artists Progressive Movement to help their peers better understand the business side of performing.

The non-profit organization aims to educate artists about recording contracts, copyrights, publishing rights and other financial issues in response to the genre’s rise in popularity.

The founding board members include artists Twinkie Clark and James Hall.

“I have labored in this industry for more than 15 years. It is great to see artists, executives and educators come together and learn from each other and empower ourselves,” Hall said.

The G.A.P. Movement is working to put together a music business summit this August. There, the group plans to petition for the establishment of a benefit system for artists, musicians and songwriters that would provide health care, retirement and pro bono legal services.