The Richard Arnold Associates of Philadelphia announced the establishment of the African American Gospel Hall of Fame. It was created as a non-profit entity under the federal guidelines.
The AAGMHOF has been created as a vehicle to preserve, enhance and promote the heritage of the multi-cultural gospel music in America and Internationally. Special emphasis will be placed on honoring the gospel music contributors/performers/writers/produced/educators and individuals and organizations to preserve their legacy.
The organization overall goal is to serve as a tribute for preserving the past, present and future of gospel music through a collection of artifacts, memorabilia, films, compact discs, tapes and recorded information and video/audio. They will develop and serve as depository for the permanent records, music collection, and annual recognition ceremony, maintain archives and provide tributes to Gospel Music.
The collection of reference data, historical documents, publications, recorded histories, relating to gospel and gospel related music which will available to researchers, historians, educators and the general public. They intend to utilized the most current technology and social media resources to communication with the diverse population of fans, followers, supporters, advocates and performers of Gospel Music.
A nationwide campaign will be initiated to select a permanent location for a state of the art facility for housing of a permanent collection of recording, music, pictures, historical documents, memorabilia, items of historical significant in the growth and heritage of Gospel music.
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Oretha Winston, Lead Editor