On Sept. 21-22, 2009, The Higher Ground Record Pool (HGRP)/1 Accord DJ Alliance will host its 1st Annual DJ Conference. This milestone marks the creation of the 1st National DJ Conference for the Faith-based community. The Higher Ground Record Pool (HGRP)/1 Accord DJ Alliance Conference is geared to educate, empower, and mobilize Gospel/Christian DJs while equipping them in grassroots promotions and business stabilization. It all kicks off in the city where DJs (Hip Hop and Gospel) where birthedNew York City. Open to DJs, artists, record labels, and radio personalities this conference through a combination of workshops, seminars, DJ exhibits, artist showcases and some Holy Ghost partying, will leave attendees with a better understanding of the united role they play for those in the Faith-based music industry. NY based HGRP President Dr. D says, With the rise of artist driven monolithic syndicated urban radio shows, its time for an organized DJ driven movement.
Events across the conference days include: the Welcome to NY Mixer at Harlem Lanes, Early Worship, Words of Inspiration with Bishop Kenneth Moales, Sr. and classes such as:
DJ D-Lite (Kingdom Affiliates) More Than Playing Music
DJ Lace (HGRP) The Inner Working of HGRP
DJ Robbo (Avalanche Music) Traveling and Performing With Recording Artist
DJ Sam Smite Mixer and DJing Techniques
DJ Wade-O From Podcasting to Syndication
Jason Hollis (Life-Line Worldwide) Distribution
Ray Mar (Crossmix) Music From My Heart-Orchestrating Your Business and Your Life
Tim Gilchrist (IGIT Productions) Sound Judgment How are you treating Your Sound?
Valerie Smith Financial Workshop
Industry supporters and contributors include:
Jojo Pada- Ignition PR (Panel Moderator)
Fudge Flavor Radio Network
Robert Gerald God Given Design Group
Eboni Funderburk Grimes EFG Promotions & Consulting
Nicole Heyward Creative Classic Agency
Larnel Satchel LAS Productions
Dan & Stephanie Wilkerson WCN Marketing
Bishop Sam Williams NGE Ministries and Consultants (Industry Roundtable Moderator)
Liz Black WLIB 1190
George Flores Star 99.1
Darren Greggs WTHE 1240
Dewayne Haskins Soul Brothers Productions, Inc.
DJ Ray Mar National Association of Mobile Entertainers
Sean Pennington Flipside Entertainment
DJ Robbo Avalanche Music
Jim Tremayne DJ Times Editor
The Higher Ground Record Pool was established in 2001 as an International liaison between Gospel music and its consumer base composed of over 17 million church members. With chapters currently in New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia, they have become the first Gospel DJ Pool to report and chart to STS in 2008. HGRP was created to provide a network for the niche ministry work of Gods mobile soldiers.