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Our Gospel Music IndustryGMIA identifies as Black music organisation and interprets UK Gospel Music as derived from the African, American and Caribbean musical experience relating to the Christian faith, delivered by a wide range of industry creatives and practitioners, incorporating both the Gospel genre and Gospel message delivered overtly or by inspiration.
— How it all began
Music Societies and Acts – A History Based On Necessity
Today’s technological advancements have seen a lot of merging art forms and industries but the fundamentals of music rights have essentially remained the same since the advent of music rights organisations at the turn of the last century.
It was the invention of the gramophone and moving pictures which revolutionised the way we perform, produce handle and consume music. Musicians, singers, record companies, publishers, broadcasters, promoters, venue owners and music buyers soon formed the growing landscape of a mega turnover industry. The ensuing impact forced music composers and publishers to find common grounds to operate, and around 1918 it resulted in the formation of the Performing Rights Society (PRS) and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). This was underpinned by the passing of the Copyright Act 1918.