Pigeon Forge, TN (March 17, 2016) â€“ The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) announces that ballots have been mailed for members to make nominations for the Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Â
â€œWe expect this to be a great year as members begin the selection process for this 2016 inductionâ€, said Karen Peck Gooch, SGMA Executive Officer. Â â€œThe SGMA has never been stronger and it is obvious that Southern Gospel Music is alive and well!â€ Â Gooch continued.
Induction into the SGMA Hall of Fame begins when members are requested to nominate individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern Gospel Music. Â Each ballot allows for nominations of
those living and deceased. Â Once these have been returned, the SGMA Board of Directors will continue the process by carefully considering each nominee. Â Those selected for induction will be announced during the National Quartet Convention 2016 in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Arthur Rice of the legendary Kingdom Heirs and President of the SGMA further stated, â€œThis museum represents the very best of those who brought the Gospel through music in the past. Â The SGMA believes it is our responsibility to leave a legacy for the future while encouraging the next generation to be bold in their stand for leading souls to Christâ€. Â
The Southern Gospel Hall of Fame Museum is a centerpiece of Dollywood, an
entertainment complex located at the base of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Â Visitors to Dollywood will find the Hall of Fame Museum just inside the main entrance. Â Along with educational exhibits, a gift shop offers patrons an opportunity to purchase items to encourage their faith. Â
The SGMA invites everyone to demonstrate his or her support by becoming an SGMA partner. Â Partnerships can be obtained at the Hall of Fame Museum or online.
For more information on the Southern Gospel Music Association, visit sgma.org