33rd Annual Administrators of Gospel Music Conference
Nashville, TN - October 14th, 2015

The Administrators of Gospel Music fosters standards of excellence in Christian music publishing and administration through education, professional relationships, and the sharing of information.

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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.

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Dennis Lord

Executive Vice President of SESAC

Dennis Lord is the Executive Vice President of SESAC, the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization. Known as a music industry executive with a special affinity for creative talent, Lord is also an entertainment lawyer who has a knack for writing hit songs himself. Earning his Bachelor of Arts ...
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Gary Christensen

Chief IP Officer at CCLI

Gary Christensen is the Chief Intellectual Property Officer of Christian Copyright Licensing International, Inc. (CCLI). He began his “second career” with CCLI more than 16 years ago following 20 years in the banking industry and just enough years in retail operations management to “reconcile” a career in ...
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Andie Rankins

Manager of Publishing Administration, Provident Music Group

Andie Rankins has become regarded among the most respected and dynamic executives in the gospel music industry. She is currently Manager of Publishing Administration at Provident Music Group where she oversees the publishing administration of the Essential Music Publishing catalog. Shortly after graduating from ...
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Don Cason

Vice President, Music Services, Inc.

Don Cason joined Music Services in 2008 as Vice President. He oversees Business Development, Operations and Finance for the company, currently representing over 225 record labels and publishing companies. Prior to Music Services, Inc. he was the President of Word Music (a division of Warner Music Group), having ...
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Dr. E. Michael Harrington

Copyright Expert

Composer, musician, consultant, professor, is Music Business Program Faculty Chair at SAE Institute Nashville,  He created the Berklee Music Business Capstone course and has taught courses in music entrepreneurship, licensing and the future of the music industry at the Berklee College of ...
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Amy Isbell

VP Public Policy and Government Relations, UMG

Amy Isbell is Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations for the Universal Music Group (UMG). UMG is the world’s global music leader with wholly owned sound recording operations in 60 territories. UMG is also home to Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s premier music publishing ...
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