The Administrators of Gospel Music fosters standards of excellence in Christian music publishing and administration through education, professional relationships, and the sharing of information.
The Administrators of Gospel Music (AGM) held it’s first conference in 1982 at the Sony’s Inn in Nashville. The idea to organize a group of gospel administrators is attributed to Helen Pool of Singspration Music and Waverly Conlan of Word Music. The organization was born out of necessity to help its members solve common problems in the music publishing industry and to build a network of community within the gospel music genre. The organization focused on areas of licensing, performing rights, television rights, and copyright law. The first meeting was held for two days with approximately 17 representatives from companies like Benson Company, Sparrow Records, The Baptist Sunday School Board, Cherry Lane Music, Marantha! Music, Dawn Treader, Straighway Music, Word, Singspiration Music, Lorenz Creative Services, and Triune Music, and Purifoy Publishing.
Since the first AGM meeting in 1982, AGM has grown to a group of approximately 60 -80 gospel music administrators from around the world. In addition to providing important networking opportunities to its members, AGM continues to keep its members apprised of changes in the music industry. The once a year conference is packed full of topics that educate its members so they can continue to provide excellent music publishing administration services.
In order to become a member of AGM an individual must either work for a company that handles the music publishing administration of a gospel music catalog or they must independently administer a gospel music catalog.