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Birmingham City Council Joining City Leaders to Kick off the Gospel Music Workshop of America

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                     Friday, July 22, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

BIRMINGHAM, AL – After overwhelming success over the past seven years, “Gospel Music Workshop of America” is making the Magic City it’s next stop as they continue their efforts to serve those in need. 10 local charities and churches have been chosen to receive the support of 200 volunteer GMWA Ambassadors during their time in Birmingham for their 49th convention. A press conference outlining the conference events will take place TODAY at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center (BJCC). The press conference will begin at 3 p.m.

“I am so honored to join my colleagues as we welcome such a prestigious organization to Birmingham,” Council President Johnathan F. Austin said. “The GMWA outreach stretches far and wide and I’m so grateful that they chose our city to continue their efforts of serving others.”

Volunteers will meet at noon on Saturday, July 23rd at the BJCC to prepare for three hours of service as the designated local charities and churches bring their residents and those in need to be served. This years’ service will feature clothing, canned goods and toys for tots to give-a-way. There will also be numerous choirs performing for the local residents during the community service event.

About Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA):

The group was founded 49 years ago by Grammy Award-winning gospel singer the Rev. James E. Cleveland. As an international faith organization, the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc. has over 30,000 members worldwide, with over 150 chapters in most every state in America and many cities around the world. As many as 10,000 gospel singers and musicians will gather in Birmingham starting Saturday for the Gospel Music Workshop of America annual convention.

Visit the GMWA website  for more information about the convention and GMWA Serves.                                         

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Public Information Director Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5369 or