From The President's Desk . . . . . . . . .
During the first part of 2017, the board members and officers of USAGEM felt very strongly that our organization should take a year of restoration and replenishing. With this biblical approach in mind, it was decided to take a year off from hosting the USAGEM Convention & Awards and just follow the Lord's lead and direction. Well, as we are now in the fourth and final quarter of this year, we are very excited about where God is leading USAGEM and all of us.
One of the directions that God seems to be leading us is in the area of television and media. Our 13th Annual USAGEM Awards Show is now edited and ready for airing. Also the editing for the Friday Evening Showcase presentations are almost complete. I've seen these individual performances and they are all very good! I feel that all of our participating artists will be pleased with the outcome!
We hope that you are planning to attend the Viewing Party for the 13th Annual USAGEM Awards Show now scheduled for Monday Evening, October 23, 2017 at the Nashville Association Of Musicians. Our Quarterly Membership Meeting will start at 6:00 PM and the viewing of the awards show will begin at 7:00 PM.
Board member, Shelton Bissell has graciously agreed to provide the video screen for the USAGEM Awards Show Viewing Party event. There will be soft drinks, light food, and a cake provided for this celebratory occasion. DVD copies of the USAGEM Awards Show and the Friday Evening Showcase performances will be available to everyone! Mark your calendars!
Another film project that is coming to fruition is a brand new television program specifically geared for our USAGEM songwriters. Mike Dunbar is the director of this new show appropriately named "USAGEM Writers Of The Light".
Each of these programs will feature two guest songwriters who will perform two or three of their penned songs, and include an interview with the host of the show. Tom and Mary Campbell have graciously opened up their home and studio, Area 51 1/2 Studio, for the filming.
The first two shows have now been filmed and will feature songwriters Lady Corder Chapman, Tom Campbell, Ann Hartmann, and Mike Dunbar. Presently, Juan Lopez is in charge of the cameras, lights, and editing. I understand that the "USAGEM Writers Of The Light" show will be first aired in the Nashville viewing area on the NECAT channels.
Future plans are for USAGEM to host a new television program called Hallelujah Hayride. You can read more about it in this issue.
One more thing! As we are approaching the end of the year, we are proud to announce that USAGEM has a new Membership Chairperson. Becky Davis Short has agreed to take over the reigns of all things pertaining to membership, including the recruitment of new members and the day to day operations of keeping the membership dues/maintenance fees and roles updated. Becky was officially appointed to the position during the USAGEM Board Meeting in September and will be formally introduced during the next USAGEM Quarterly Membership Meeting on Monday, October 23rd.
In closing, let's continually give thanks to God from whom all blessings flow! Also, please remember to keep all of our USAGEM members and friends in your prayers!
In His Service,