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Tuesday, May 12 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Gospel/Christian Music Meetup

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God’s Not Dead: A Spotlight on Today’s Christian/Gospel Music

Join a panel of label execs and top managers as they discuss the state of the Christian/Gospel Music industry, sharing the latest data about the genre. The discussion will also touch on the success of Hip Hop, touring, and the rise of faith-based films and how they impact the industry.

Moderators
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Jackie Patillo

President & Executive Director, Gospel Music Association
Jacie Patillo is the President & Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association and Foundation, a nonprofit which aims to foster interest among the public in Gospel and Christian music. The foundation also builds community and cooperation among industry leaders, in order to address... Read More →

Speakers
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Laurie Anderson

Co-Founder/President, True Artist Management
Laurie Anderson is the co-founder and President of True Artist Management. Her reputation goes before her and speaks of a professional with broad expertise. She not only has a proven track record in artists development and management, but she is esteemed in the area of  touring... Read More →
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Greg Bays

Exec. VP, Capitol Christian Distribution
Greg Bays started his career in Christian retail and has over 25 years of experience in the sales and marketing sector of the Christian music industry. Bays currently serves as Exec. VP of Capitol Christian Distribution, an extremely diverse organization with components including... Read More →
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Ed Leonard

President / VP, Daywind Music Group / New Day Christian Distributors
Ed Leonard is President of Daywind Music Group and VP of New Day Christian Distributors.  Daywind and New Day are leaders in the creation and distribution of Christian and Gospel Music, as well as family-friendly toys, gifts, films, and books. With over 35 diverse artists and songwriters... Read More →
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Rod Riley

President, Word Entertainment
As President and CEO of Word Entertainment, Warner Music Group's Christian division, Rod Riley oversees Word's entire operation, including A&R, sales and marketing, music publishing, distribution, church resources, films and live events. Riley previously served as COO of Word Entertainment... Read More →
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Phil Thornton

VP & GM, Urban Inspirational, eOne Music
Phil Thornton started his first company, Bright Star Entertainment, an artist management/consultant firm in 2013. At Bright Star, he represented artists such as Bad Boy Records’ GRAMMY award-winning group 112 and singer Lil’ Mo. In 2007, Thornton settled in Los Angeles and partnered... Read More →



Tuesday May 12, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
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